December 2018 | Claudio Feser, Michael Rennie, Nicolai Chen Nielsen
With organizations undergoing unprecedented shifts and the nature of work moving to an increasingly decentralized model, leaders now more than ever need to help their organizations adapt quickly to new realities. Despite leadership development being a top priority for most CEOs, the results seldom achieve their objectives. Leadership programs fail to make a meaningful difference to business performance, and organizations fall short on the leadership talent they need.
Many leadership development programs focus on bringing universal leadership qualities to a few individuals in a company. Our research shows that approach is not effective. In today’s world of constant change and decentralized decision-making, organizations need to drive leadership throughout the organization. That requires a new approach.
Grounded in insights from over 375,000 data points and the global experience of more than 25 senior leadership practitioners, Leadership at Scale shows how to drive leadership effectiveness that reaches the entire organization, adapting to diverse contexts and achieving impact at scale.
Illustrated by a fictional step-by-step case and numerous real-life examples, the book identifies four principles as the key to success:
- Focus on the leadership behaviors most effective for driving organizational performance
- Engage a critical mass of influencers across the organization to reach a tipping point for the change to become self-sustaining
- Design programs for lasting behavioral change, using the latest adult learning principles based on neuroscience
- Integrate the program into the broader organizational systems and measure the program’s impact
Combining research and rigor with practical application, Leadership at Scale is required reading for today’s leaders who seek to unlock organizational performance through leadership effectiveness.