Global Leadership Forecast 2018

The Global Leadership Forecast 2018 is a three-way collaboration with DDI, The Conference Board, and EY, and is the eighth Forecast since 1999. It’s also one of the most expansive leadership research projects ever conducted. This report summarizes dozens of practical, evidence-based recommendations for critical business issues. These range from digital transformation to gender and generational diversity to the roles of purpose and culture in building an effective, sustainable leadership strategy for a digital age.

The research integrates data from 25,812 leaders and 2,547 HR professionals across 2,488 organizations. Not only are these perspectives numerous, but they are also diverse and highly representative of the business context facing global enterprises. The research, which spans more than 1,000 C-level executives and 10,000 high-potential employees, includes 54 countries and 26 major industry sectors.

Six Leadership Megatrends from Global Leadership Forecast 2018

  • Digital Reshapes the Workforce: Across nearly every facet of the research, we saw the influence of digital readiness. Digitally advanced organizations and leaders are already outperforming their less technologically savvy peers, who risk being left behind, permanently.
  • Data’s Power Extends Beyond the Numbers: We expected to see data as an increasingly valuable commodity for people and business decisions. But we didn’t anticipate the heavy influence data and analytics have on business’ human side: inclusivity, agility, and fairness.
  • Culture Looms Crucial: Leadership strategies will fail without solid cultural cornerstones—clearly grasped and enlivened purpose, peer coaching, experimentation, psychological safety, and fully incorporated, diverse gender and generational views.
  • DIY Is DOA: Leaders who stand (and learn) alone—not given access to or eschewing coaching from peers and mentors, and failing to adopt a collective, shared, and team-centric view of leadership—may survive in the workplace, but they surely won’t thrive.
  • The Potential Pool Swells to a Lake: Organizations taking a broad view of potential—expanding their reach to activate and accelerate leadership talent—prove more financially successful, feature stronger top leaders, and employ more women at every leader level.
  • HR Navigates a Challenging Road Ahead: HR’s reputation as an Anticipator has taken a hit along with its declining rates of analytics success. Also, HR’s own digital readiness is lacking. If this isn’t addressed soon, HR’s ability to drive digital advancement will be crippled.

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