Leadership Today--Survey Report
By Pierre Khawand, CEO People-OnTheGo and Adrian Ott, CEO, Exponential Edge (learn more about the authors)
About the Survey
Leadership is undergoing a transformation. It’s a very exciting transformation! It remind us in a way of what the web went through between 2000 and 2005 when Web 2.0 and then Social Media changed the way we think about the web. Before that time, the web used to be a one-way channel, where publishers published and readers read. With Web 2.0 and Social Media, everyone became enabled and empowered to publish. This created an amazing revolution in content, in creativity, in entrepreneurship. We believe that we are now experiencing a similar transformation in leadership. Leadership is no longer seen as being for the select few. There is a strong desire among the workforce to expand the reach of leadership skills and behavior throughout the organization and at all levels. Furthermore, both leaders and followers are realizing that leading and following are not fixed roles. Instead, they are dynamic ways of working that both leaders and followers need to engage in to get the best possible outcome of the situation at hand. If you’d like to learn the in-depth story of this transformation in leadership and what the future might hold, this survey report gives you just that. It closely analyzes the results of our extensive leadership survey and draws valuable insights.
Having been entrenched in the field of leadership development, witnessing and being part of this exciting transformation, we decided to explore this topic further. We reached out to our communities and posed some vital questions related to leadership. The resulting leadership survey was met with enthusiasm. The workforce seems to be ready for changes in this field. The survey examined a broad range of topics related to leadership and workplace issues.
About 800 business professionals participated in the survey. The largest segment (61.7% of the participants) is from organizations with 1000 or more employees, followed by participants from organizations with less than 1000 employees (21% of the participants), and then independent consultants and contractors (17.3% of the participants). The participants represented a broad range of industries. In terms of their functional areas within the organization, professional services, top management, and administrative were the largest segments, followed by product development, marketing, and sales. In terms of the generations, Gen X and Baby Boomers were the largest segments. This report presents the key findings from the survey as well as the details of the survey results shown by generation, by functional area, by level within the organization, and by company size.
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About the Authors
Pierre Khawand has more than twenty years of experience in the software industry. He has led several technology ventures, completed successful mergers and acquisitions, and founded People-OnTheGo in 2001. His Accomplishing More Leadership Program helps today’s leaders develop the awareness and behaviors needed to focus on results and advance people in the midst of the information overload. His best-selling Accomplishing More With Less workshop is enabling today’s business professionals to make breakthroughs in their work and personal lives. Pierre is the author of Time for Leadership, The Accomplishing More With Less Workbook, The Perfect 15-Minute Day, The Results Curve, and The New New Inbox. Pierre holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan and has completed several Executive Education programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford, California).
Consulting Magazine called Adrian Ott “One of Silicon Valley’s most respected, if not the most respected, strategists.” As CEO of Exponential Edge® Inc., Adrian and her team have assisted companies such as Microsoft, P&G, Ricoh, HP, Symantec and technology start-ups to accelerate market leadership through innovative market strategy, new routes-to-market and digital customer engagement strategies. Adrian is also the best-selling author of The 24-Hour Customer: New Rules for Winning in a Time-Starved, Always-Connected Economy which won Best Business Book of the Year awards by USA Book News and Library Journal in 2011. Her latest book is Exponential Influence: Designing Digital Habits That Engage Distracted Customers. Adrian lectures frequently at USC, Carnegie Mellon, and Stanford and keynotes at industry events such as TEDx. Her work has been featured in publications such as the Harvard Business Review and Fast Company. In 2014 Adrian was honored by the Harvard Business School as one of the most inspiring business leaders in Northern California. She holds a B.S. degree from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard Business School