Development Dimensions International surveyed 944 human resources professionals on why internally promoted leaders failed. Here are the results for consideration:
- Poor people skills: 53%
- Personal qualities (style, attitude, habits): 53%
- Poor fit with company culture: 44%
- Couldn’t get results: 43%
- Don’t have the skills to do the job: 36%
- Poor strategic or visionary skills: 33%
- Poor motivational fit with the job: 27%
- Inadequate preparation: 22%
- Lack of experience (Not ready for the position): 21%
- Unrealistic expectations for the job: 18%
- Other: 7%
For those who would like to be promoted, here is a checklist of ‘leadership potential’ indicators:
- Motivation to lead: Has upward ambition, actively pursues leadership opportunities. (I read this as willing to go beyond current role – be a leader in other areas – stretch targets)
- Authenticity: Is genuine and true, has integrity, promotes trust and is confident.
- Brings out the best in people: Optimizes talent, inspires performance, unties others to common goals.
- Learning agility: Learns from mistakes, learns new information, is curious.
- Receptivity to feedback: Seeks and uses feedback, accepts criticism and is humble.
- Adaptability: Accepts change, adjusts quickly and balances many demands.
- Conceptual thinking: Thinks broadly, sees many perspectives and understands connections.
- Navigates ambiguity: Simplifies complex situations and sees in shades of grey.
- Cultural fit: Has personal style or qualities that fit with the company culture.
- Passion for results: Gets things done, overcomes problems and refuses to give up.
A very interesting article. I think I will use this list as a check list as I interview.