‘Self-Disruptive Leader’ Study reveals only 17 percent of corporate leaders in India have the skills required to take their companies into the future
Pune, March 17, 2019: According to an extensive Korn Ferry (NYSE: KFY) global study – which captures the sentiment of nearly 800 investors and includes a detailed analysis of more than 150,000 leaders, corporate leadership is ill-prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
As part of Korn Ferry’s comprehensive Self-Disruptive Leader* study, 795 investors were queried in a global survey. The result: globally, two thirds (67 percent) say that today’s private-sector leadership is “unfit” for the future. In India, more than two thirds (72 percent) of investors say that today’s private-sector leadership is “unfit” for the future. This is concerning, given the importance of corporate leadership to investors: In India, 80 percent insist the CEO is critically important when deciding in which companies to invest, and 92 percent cite an exceptional CEO as critical to an organization’s success in disruptive times.
Rajiv Krishnan, Managing Director – Advisory, Korn Ferry India said, “Companies have a crucial role to play in cultivating the leaders of the future. To close the leadership gap, businesses urgently need to revolutionize how they identify future executives who have what it takes—and accelerate their growth, as well as build a culture that empowers talent at all levels to challenge and innovate.”
As part of the global Self-Disruptive Leader study (and further validating investor sentiment), Korn Ferry delved into 150,000 leadership profiles worldwide. The results were even more staggering: the analysis revealed that, on average, only 15 percent of executives across the globe (17 percent in India) have what it takes to be truly great leaders in the rapidly-changing business world.
Rajiv Krishnan added, “Self-Disruptive Leaders who can continually adapt to keep pace with the market are the key to success in today’s disruptive environment, but not all business leaders are ready for the challenge. The qualities Self-Disruptive Leaders possess drive a business’ ability to connect resources and people to build an innovation ecosystem. Without them, organizations will struggle to adapt, collaborate and excel in disruptive times.”
The proportion of Self-Disruptive Leaders by market
The data show that majority of leaders can’t make decisions and take smart actions quickly enough, motivate people effectively, or build trust—all of which is needed to ensure their organization’s survival into the future.
According to The Self-Disruptive Leader study, a new model of future-ready leadership is required. Building on existing concepts of agile, digital and inclusive leadership, Self-Disruptive Leaders also possess a strong portfolio of future-oriented skills: the ADAPT dimensions* – which encompass the ability to anticipate, drive, accelerate, partner and trust.
“For the last hundred years, leaders have been taught that control, consistency, and closure are the principles of business leadership. But dramatic changes to the global business environment mean that this is no longer sufficient—trust, purpose and energizing others are now central,” says Dennis Baltzley, Korn Ferry’s global solution leader for leadership development and co-author of the new report, The Self-Disruptive Leader.
The study argues that today’s disruptive forces in technology, globalization, demographics and consumer behaviour are exposing the limitations of legacy leadership worldwide.
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