SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Do you marvel at those individuals who manage to accomplish more in a day than you do in a week? These individuals are executors; they know how to how to get things done quickly and efficiently. Recently Zenger Folkman studied these leaders, who are experts at execution, to learn how to move from ordinary to great.
“Most people recognize that execution is a critical skill and strive to perform it well,” said Jack Zenger, CEO of Zenger Folkman. “In fact, when we asked the primary and secondary managers of these leaders to indicate the importance of this ability it was actually ranked number one.”
Zenger Folkman’s global study of over 47,000 leaders found that females were rated as significantly more effective than males at execution. Furthermore, when researchers looked at the data by gender and age they found that mens’ effectiveness gradually declined with age. This is not true however, for women.
“We are often asked what a person can do to improve their skills in execution," said Joe Folkman president of Zenger Folkman. "The first step is development of good work habits. Leaders who are lethargic, slow or unfocused need to change those work habits. But what comes next? Leaders already work hard and so the logical insight on how to improve execution is simply to work harder, faster and longer and to require others to do the same. In the short term this typically yields improved results, but in the long term, leaders burn out and team members quit.”
Zenger Folkman found that a leader’s ability to increase their speed, accept and implement good feedback, and build high performance teams all helped improve execution. To learn more ways to improve your ability to execute attend Zenger Folkman Webinar, Execution- The Key to How Leaders Get Things Done, on Wednesday May 25, 2016. 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.