In October 2018, People At Their Best conducted research into the state of Australian leadership. Our aim was to understand four things:
1.The leadership challenges that leaders are facing
2.The areas leaders feel capable and confident about
3.The areas leaders feel they need to develop
4.What leaders are worrying about
Twelve different industry categories are represented in the report and we had responses from nine distinct leadership levels, ranging from CEOs and Managing Partners to Directors, Senior Managers and Middle Managers.
The successful leader of the future must be able to listen and be empathetic, must engage others and align their efforts, will be inclusive and build collective intelligence, will leverage diverse thinking for creative problem solving and will share decision making to create a positive work experience. Such cognitive agility and inclusive leadership will be necessary to leverage manifold ideas and build resilient and sustainable organisations, ones that are able to respond appropriately to changing work environments rather than react blindly and without purpose.
Building stronger leadership skills, in order to forge connection with employees, is the biggest opportunity for organisations and the most direct route to high performance. Put simply, there are huge productivity, performance and profitability gains to be made for those leaders who know how to build deep engagement with their people.
We are pleased to post here our State of Australian Leadership Report 2018