November 16, 2011

Survey Indicates Leadership Failure Due to Poor Relationships

NewsAccording to a global survey by Right Management, a talent and career management company, the number one reason as to why a leader fails is because of the inability or refusal to build relationships and create a team environment.

Partnering with research firm, Chally Group, Right Management surveyed at least 1,400 CEOs and HR professionals from at least 700 companies around the world to study leadership effectiveness.

Executive Vice President of Right Management, Bram Lowsky, stated, “Failure to build a team or relationships was singled out by the most (40%) survey respondents. 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.”

Those surveyed were asked to identify leadership success predictors and the results were as follows:

  • 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%

There was a consistency among the findings globally that indicate that the success of leadership and management is dependent upon leaders being able to connect and build relationships with others. Lowsky added, ““What emerges from the survey analysis is that leadership success is increasingly dependent on getting About Right Management along with others in the organization as well as with one’s own team.”

For more detailed information about the survey, the white paper is available for download at

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