The importance of Leadership and Management development was underlined by a survey from Mckinsey & Company:-
McKinsey & Company is the influential, and global, management consulting organisation and trusted advisor and counsellor to many of the world's most influential businesses and institutions.
In a January 2015 survey of 189,000 people in 81 diverse organisations around the world they found that in organisations where leadership performance was strong (i.e., the top quartile of leadership effectiveness as measured by McKinsey’s Organizational Health Index) leaders focused on four main types of behaviour, these were:-
• EFFECTIVE PROBLEM SOLVING.
A key input into decision making for major issues as well as daily ones (such as how to handle a team dispute).
• OPERATING WITH A STRONG RESULTS ORIENTATION.
Leaders with a strong results orientation tend to emphasise the importance of efficiency and productivity and to prioritise the highest-value work.
• SEEKING DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES
Leaders who do well on this measure encourage employees to contribute ideas that could improve performance, and accurately differentiate between important and unimportant issues.
• SUPPORTING OTHERS
Leaders who are supportive, understand and sense how other people feel. By showing authenticity and a sincere interest in those around them, they build trust and inspire and help colleagues to overcome challenges.