SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leadership training, stretch goals, development plans and assessments; these types of learning tools are used in most companies. But how many leaders actually go from good to great as a result of these tools? These tools often tell people what to fix, what the organization needs, or what they should improve, but what they fail to ask is what the leader wants to improve.
Zenger Folkman conducted a case study of 80 executives, across three different levels, in a large financial service company. The leaders were asked to rate their progress on action plans after 8 months, and did a reassessment after 24 months to check their progress. From the 80 executives who participated, those who chose to focus on improving their weaknesses only raised their leadership effectiveness score from the 54th percentile to the 66th percentile. Those executives who chose to focus on their strengths jumped from the 56th percentile to the 82nd percentile in their leadership effectiveness score.
Why did those focusing on strengths get two times the level of improvement? One word: passion. Working to improve something you are passionate about has a much higher probability of success.
“We realized that our typical 360 degree assessment did a great job of gauging what people were competent at and what the organization needed, but assessing what leaders were passionate about tended to get ignored,” said Joe Folkman, president of Zenger Folkman. “We now have a more rigorous self-assessment where people can think more deeply about what it is that energizes and motivates them. It helps pinpoint the things they feel deeply and passionately about doing. These insights will help them get the greatest growth and development going forward.”
The Leadership Levers self-assessment is currently available and being offered complimentary by clicking HERE. It consists of 13 questions that rank your preference in six different areas that most efficiently measure leadership effectiveness.
Joe Folkman and Jack Zenger will be holding a webinar explaining more about the Leadership Levers self-assessment on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 1pm EDT. To register for the webinar, go to http://zengerfolkman.com/event/webinar-the-6-leadership-levers-that-drive-extraordinary-results/. For more information on these findings, and how to incorporate them into a leadership development plan, visit www.zengerfolkman.com.
Zenger Folkman is the authority in strengths-based leadership development. Their award-winning programs employ research-based methods that improve organizations and turn good managers into extraordinary leaders.