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Poor Relationships Top Cause for Leader Failure

PHILADELPHIA, PA – November 15, 2011 – The top reason for a leader’s failure is the inability or unwillingness to build relationships and a team environment, according to global survey data released by Right Management. Right Management is the talent and career management expert within ManpowerGroup, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions.

“Failure to build a team or relationships was singled out by the most (40%) survey respondents,” said Bram Lowsky, Executive Vice President of Right Management. “Second was mismatch for the corporate culture cited by 26%. Remarkably, not delivering acceptable results was named by just 11% of respondents as among the main three causes for failure”

Right Management partnered with research firm Chally Group to survey over 1,400 CEOs and human resource professionals from more than 700 companies globally to explore leadership effectiveness and development across regions and cultures.

The survey also asked respondents to identify the predictors of leadership success:

Predictor of Leadership Success
(Frequency cited by respondents)

  • Fit with company values and culture 68%
  • Interpersonal skills 66%
  • Motivation to lead 62%
  • Previous experiences 57%
  • Lack of derailers 21%
  • Educational background 11%
  • Other 4%

The survey drew qualitative input from respondents, Lowsky said. “What emerges from the survey analysis is that leadership success is increasingly dependent on getting along with others in the organization as well as with one’s own team. A leader must be able to connect, build relationships and be flexible enough to adapt to the corporate culture.”

According to Lowsky the findings tend to be consistent across the countries where the survey was conducted. “What we’re learning from research over the past decade is that today’s organizations are increasingly similar whether Asian, American or European.”

About the Survey

The findings presented are based on an analysis of the Right Management segment of the survey’s global database. The data were collected through a survey of 1,439 CEOs and human resource professionals from 707 organizations. The organizations ranged in size from 500 employees to over 100,000 employees with revenues from less than 25 million to over 10 billion U.S. dollars. The industries represented spanned the public, private and government sectors. Eighty-one percent of the CEOs and 75% of the HR professionals who participated in the study were from North America. The complete white paper can be downloaded at www.right.com\globalleadershipstudy.

About Right Management

Right Management is a global leader in talent and career management workforce solutions within ManpowerGroup. The firm designs and delivers solutions to align talent strategy with business strategy. Expertise spans Talent Assessment, Leader Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Employee Engagement, and Workforce Transition and Outplacement. With offices in over 50 countries, Right Management partners with companies of all sizes – including more than 80% of the Fortune 500 – to help grow and engage their talent, increase productivity and optimize business performance.

Media Contact: Phil Ryan, pgryan@aol.com or 845-339-7858.

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