Leadership

  • In their survey of 1,290 employees, 64% of employees stated that top management doesn't initiate programs to reduce turnover. (Kepner-Tregoe)
  • 40% of employees felt that increased salaries and financial rewards were ineffective in reducing turnover. (Kepner-Tregoe)
  • 86.1% of respondents feel that, compared to a few years ago, the urgency to develop leaders in their organization has increased. (Watson Wyatt)
  • A study conducted by Yankelovich found a near-universal disgust with the quality of all types of leadership in America. 73% said leaders are out of touch with the average person.
  • 67% of respondents felt strong leadership was lacking in their companies during the recession (SHRM Survey 2009)
  • 61% of respondents felt their company's leadership is not well-prepared for an economic recovery (SHRM Survey 2009)
  • The percentage of employees agreeing top management provides a clear sense of direction dropped to 63% in the first quarter of 2009 from 71% in the fourth quarter of 2008. (Towers Perrin, May 2009)
  • The percentage of employees agreeing that top management provides effective leadership declined to 50% in the first Quarter of 2009 from 56% at the end of 2008. (Towers Perrin, May 2009)
  • 92% of managers say they're doing an "excellent" job managing employees. Only 67% of workers agree. (Rasmussen Reports LLC for Hudson, October 2006)
  • 69% of business leaders say it's important to have a mentor. (Grant Thornton, November 2005)
  • Only 69% of employees agree that they clearly understand their company's broad goals, down a striking 10% from the fourth quarter of 2008. (Towers Perrin, May 2009)
  • 69% of business leaders say it's important to have a mentor.
  • 75% of executives say good physical fitness is critical for career success at the executive level.
  • 67% of CEOs agreed HR should play a leadership role in improving the organization's speed and agility. 91% of HR leaders agreed it should. (Robert Gandossy, The Journal of Business Strategy, 2003 – reporting from Hewitt survey)
  • Just 39% of CEOs and 45% of HR leaders report that HR is already playing the role of improving speed and agility in their organizations. (Robert Gandossy, The Journal of Business Strategy, 2003 – reporting from Hewitt survey)
  • 74% of employees agree their company's structure facilitates efficient operations, up from 66% in the last quarter of 2008 and 58% in the first quarter of 2008, suggesting the latest rounds of restructuring have been done thoughtfully and in a manner that doesn't automatically demand doing more with less. (Towers Perrin, May 2009)
  • 75% of executives say good physical fitness is critical for career success at the executive level. (TheLadders.com, November 2005)
  • 33% of executive's time is spent responding to crises or problems. (The Creative Group, July 2005.