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October 26, 2016 Business News No Comments Email Email

Thirty-one percent of leaders, 41 percent of managers and 21 per cent of employees are dissatisfied with current leadership development processes used in their organisations, according to new Australia-New Zealand workplace research from Leadership Management Australia.http://industryclub.com.au/

Most disturbing, according to LMA’s Executive Director of Strategy and Growth, Andrew Henderson, is among Middle-Manager/Supervisor ranks where dissatisfaction is at its greatest.

‘This suggests that development processes lack the relevance or potency needed by this next level of leaders,” he said. “Managers are feeling the weight of expectation, but are not receiving the support to deal with that expectation.”

 While more than two-thirds of employees at all levels (leaders, managers and employees) of organisations believe leadership development is either the most important or one of the top few strategic challenges facing their organisations, as many as half the 2,700 survey respondents believe their organisation is doing poorly in leadership development.

Communication, developing and coaching others, problem solving and decision-making are key leadership competencies that must be nurtured, the survey report proposes.

The LMA Leadership Employment and Development (L.E.A.D.) Survey of workplace trends is a continuing online survey of leaders, middle managers/supervisors and employees, running since 2000. (see footnote). LMA was established 45 years ago.

  Leaders (Executives/

Senior Managers)

%

Managers

(Middle Managers

and Supervisors)

%

Employees

(Non-Managerial/

Supervisory Employees)

%

Very satisfied 11 7 11
Quite satisfied 55 49 61
Quite dissatisfied 23 34 17
Very dissatisfied 8 7 4
Unable to rate 4 4 7
  1.               How satisfied are you with the leadership development processes currently used in your organisation? 
  Leaders (Executives/

Senior Managers)

%

Managers

(Middle Managers

and Supervisors)

%

Employees

(Non-Managerial/

Supervisory Employees)

%

The most important strategic challenge for my organisation 15 11 15
One of the top few strategic challenges for my organisation 64 56 57
Just below the top few strategic challenges for my organisation 17 20 16
Not an important strategic challenge for my organisation 3 8 4
Unable to rate 2 5 8
  1.               Which of the following best describes how strategically important leadership development is for your organisation’s future?

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