SPRINGFIELD, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new study of more than 500 global business leaders, conducted by performance consultants Gap International, finds a surprising trend in the way successful leaders think: High-performing executives are focused less on themselves and more on external motivations, including the greater purpose of their work and the success of other people within their organizations.
The study of what Gap International calls Genius, or a person’s mindset in the moments when they execute brilliantly, indicates that most leaders have a well-developed sense of their own purposefulness and a demonstrable commitment to other people. Specifically, the consultants used more than 10 years of interviews with business leaders to identify eight major themes of thinking associated with extraordinary results. They then sorted the language executives used to discuss their accomplishments into those themes and a further set of subcategories.
The result was a surprise: The leading themes were Purposeful and Other People, with nearly all executives identifying with subcategories within these themes. Purposeful includes subcategories like “Impact on the World” and “God/Spirituality,” while Other People includes subcategories such as “Helping others,” “Collaboration” and “Connection.”
“The study of the mindsets of leaders seems to have the potential to open up new avenues for research and executive development,” according to the study, “Tapping into Genius”. More details are available on the Leveraging Genius webpage.
Gap International created the Genius methodology to help leaders and their teams achieve and repeat extraordinary outcomes. Discovering their individual Genius thinking allows executives to access it at will and share it with others to produce results greater than any one person could alone.
“It makes sense that in order to achieve exceptional thinking, strong leaders are thinking about how to make a difference in the world, while also considering other people, because oftentimes, in order to achieve great things, the contributions of others are required,” said Pontish Yeramyan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gap International.
CEO Pontish Yeramyan shared Gap International’s Genius methodology with the public for the first time at the 2014 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit on Oct. 6-8 in Laguna Niguel, Calif. She explained the concept and how business leaders can look to leverage Genius in their own standard business practices. For more information, please visit the Gap International webpage.
About Gap International
Gap International is a global consulting company that partners with leaders in producing exceptional growth. For over three decades, Gap International has worked with FORTUNE 500 companies, Global 1000 corporations and U.S. Government agencies – enabling leaders, teams and organizations to operate at the highest levels of performance. The company is headquartered in Philadelphia, with an international office in London.