PDI Ninth House Pulse on Leaders Research Finds Mid-Level Leaders' Competency Levels Fall Short of Job Demands Study Suggests Lack of Key Skills Can Compromise Ability to Execute Business Strategies PR Newswire MINNEAPOLIS, July 25, 2013 MINNEAPOLIS, July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New research from PDI Ninth House, a Korn/Ferry company, shows that mid-level leaders are falling short in several critical competencies. These failures can have a significant impact on business results given mid-level leaders' responsibility to execute strategy to help drive business forward. In the research, bosses rated the current skill level of mid-level leaders, who are defined as managers of managers, based on several competencies.The bosses ranked them as excelling in just two competencies: "drive for results" and "customer focus." Bosses ranked the mid-level leaders as falling short in the following competency areas: oStructuring the work/execution oAnalysis/judgment oRelationships oInfluence oEngage and inspire oBuilding talent The research also indicated first-level leaders ranked higher than mid-level leaders in several competency areas, including "engage and inspire," "build relationships," "influence," and "execution." "This doesn't mean that mid-level leaders' level of performance is diminishing from their previous roles," said Stu Crandell, senior vice president, Korn/Ferry International. "What the results do suggest is that the competency expectations for these leaders are much higher, and mid-level leaders must continually develop and push to meet new challenges." Among the key factors for mid-level leaders' success is letting go of select behaviors that helped them succeed in their previous positions. For example, too much attention to detail in mid-level leader positions becomes a derailer, while it may have been rewarded in previous roles. Mid-level leaders must instead enlist others to assist with managing details. Other mid-level leader derailers include micromanaging and conflict-avoidance behaviors. "Individuals establish their derailing behaviors early on, and they can be difficult to change without the right attention and development," Crandell said. "However, leaders who understand how derailers affect them can actively develop and manage through them." PDI Ninth House recommends performance feedback, consistent coaching and regular reviews of development plans as effective ways to help leaders gain awareness of potential issues so they can make adjustments that will improve leadership effectiveness. In this study, PDI Ninth House collected data from surveys of more than 2,500 bosses of leaders at different levels within organizations. Video: PDI Ninth House Mid-Level Leader - Competencies About PDI Ninth House, a Korn/Ferry Company: PDI Ninth House, a Korn/Ferry company, is the world's premier global leadership solutions company. For more than four decades, we have provided integrated assessment, development and coaching solutions around critical leadership and business challenges that most directly impact each leader's success and the success of their organization. For more information, contact PDI Ninth House at 1.612.339.0927 (in the U.S. 1.800.633.4410) or visit its website at www.pdinh.com. About Korn/Ferry International Korn/Ferry International is a premier global provider of talent management solutions, with a presence throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The firm delivers solutions and resources that help clients cultivate greatness through the design, building and attraction of their talent. Visit www.kornferry.com for more information on Korn/Ferry International, and www.kornferryinstitute.com for thought leadership, intellectual property, and research. SOURCE PDI Ninth House, a Korn/Ferry company Website: http://www.pdinh.com Contact: Teresa Jensen, 612.337.8213, email@example.com
PDI Ninth House Pulse on Leaders Research Finds Mid-Level Leaders' Competency Levels Fall Short of Job Demands
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