SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--What is worse than getting a flu shot? Getting the flu! Just like an infectious disease, bad leadership can contaminate the culture of any organization. Research at Zenger Folkman shows that the only way to stop the spread of a “disease” is to focus leadership efforts on more than just a select few employees.
“Year after year we see organizations make the choice to send only a select few through a leadership program, or to let everyone pick the one thing they’d like to spend their development dollars on from a menu of options. Then they are surprised when the organization doesn’t change or improve. If an organization’s focus is on only 20 people out of 500, there is minimal cultural impact and only the 20 individuals will benefit. You cannot save the herd if you train (immunize) only 4% of your team,” said Jack Zenger, CEO of Zenger Folkman.
So how can you spread the immunity? One of the ways to make a significant impact is to prepare a greater field of managers, and then to immerse them more deeply into their subordinates’ professional development plans. Another study by Zenger Folkman showed that 74% of employees who had a supportive manager felt they had improved over a given time period, compared to only 33% of those with an unsupportive manager.
“Regardless of the program you choose – and some are clearly better than others – to achieve the results you are hoping for, be sure to enact your leadership development efforts consistently, apply them deeply, and measure them well,” said Joe Folkman, President of Zenger Folkman.
To learn more ways to boost leadership training in your organization, attend the Zenger Folkman webinar Sustainment, Herd Immunity, and Leadership Development, on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. This is the keynote speech from this year’s Extraordinary Leadership Summit held in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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.