Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Leadership Confidence Down Again

Latest news from the March, 2008 leadership pulse work - leadership energy is down and leadership confidence declined yet again -- this is the 5th year in a row that we have seen a decline. Do you think this has anything to do with declines in business? Are you wondering why these leaders are reporting lower confidence levels? The downward sloping line you are viewing is the trend data from 2003. These data are for the overall leadership confidence index, which is composed of answers to six questions. We ask respondents how confident they are in themselves (their own leadership skills), their leadership team overall, the economic conditions for their organization, that they can execute on their firm's vision, that they can change as needed and that they have the right people and skills in their organization to succeed. You may think the latest news of recession is the cause, but if that alone were the issue, then the trend would not be from 2003. There are other big issues at work here. Stay tuned for more ...

Leadership Pulse - What is it?

The Leadership Pulse project has been running since 2003. A total of over 15,000 leaders are now participating in the study, which is a partnership with The Conference Board, the Center for Effective Organizations at USC and eePulse, Inc. eePulse donates the technology for the study, and I am the lead researcher on the project. Leaders who are part of the study receive short pulse surveys about every two months, and then in exchange for five minutes of their time they get back their own personal reports (shows their data vs. their industry vs. the overall results), technical reports, and access to webinars. Our goal is to continue to build up the sample so that the benchmarking can be even more powerful. If you'd like to learn about joining, contact me at the email on this blog. You also can join the leadership team pulse, which allows you to add up to 100 members of your management team and receive reports and benchmarking for your team. By the way this is all available at no cost. As the sample grows, the learning you get back is even better.