The Leadership Outlook: Leadership Driving Organizational Performance

The Conference Board of Canada, 125 pages, January 13, 2016
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This report takes a deep look into leadership behaviour, practices, and strategies in Canadian organizations to provide a greater understanding of organizational leadership performance, leadership behaviour, and their impact on an organization.

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The Conference Board of Canada’s recent survey, The Leadership Outlook, focused on the key drivers of organizational leadership and examined the role of leadership in competitive organizational performance. The survey was completed by 441 human resources and business leaders. Leadership Outlook 2015 provides a summary analysis from the survey and takes a deep look into leadership behaviour, practices, and strategies in Canadian organization. The objective of the report is to provide a greater understanding of organizational leadership performance and leadership behaviour, and their impact on organizational performance. This is accomplished through the introduction of the Leadership Performance Index—a proprietary organizational assessment tool that is based primarily on the behaviours and activities of organizational leaders. The report investigates leadership development strategies and practices used by Canadian organizations at different levels of the Index.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Introduction

  • About This Report

Chapter 2—An Encouraging Perspective—The Leadership Performance Index

  • What Do We Mean by Leadership?
  • Drivers of the Leadership Performance Index
  • Demographic Profiles of Organizations by Leadership Performance Index
  • What Differentiates Organizational Leadership at Different Levels of the Leadership Performance Index?
  • Differences in Leadership Drivers at Each Level of the Leadership Performance Index
  • Conclusion

Chapter 3—The Business Case for Leadership Capacity-Building

  • The Overall Impact of Effective Organizational Leadership
  • Leadership Culture and Leadership Performance
  • Strategies to Build Leadership Capacity
  • Effectiveness of Systems, Processes, and Practices in Anticipating and Responding to Change
  • Future Outlook: Growth and Revenue Expectations
  • Conclusion

Chapter 4—Leadership and Capacity for Innovation

  • Innovation and Organizational Size
  • Orientation of Canadian Organizations to Innovation
  • Strategies to Increase Capacity for Innovation
  • Conclusion

Chapter 5—Leadership Development Priority and Practice

  • Leadership Development as a Strategic Priority
  • Leadership Development by Employee Level
  • Identification and Development of High-Potential Employees
  • Leadership Development Strategies—What’s Working and What Isn’t?
  • Evaluation of Leadership Development
  • Metrics Being Used to Evaluate the Impact of Leadership Development
  • Measuring Impact—Getting Started
  • Leadership Development Practices: The Level of Use and Perceived Effectiveness
  • Which Leadership Development Strategies Are Best?

Chapter 6— Conclusions and Recommendations

  • Recommendations

Appendix A—Survey Methodology and Respondent Profile

Appendix B—Bibliography

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