The pandemic may have contributed to a lost generation of Leaders

For leaders who transitioned into new roles in 2020, there was a “big drop” in leadership skills training, formal assessments, and 360 feedback compared with early 2019 and before, according to the findings of a survey by Development Dimensions International. The company pored through responses from 15,787 leaders and 2,102 HR execs to compile the report.    

The lack of support may be contributing to a “lost generation” of leaders, DDI said. To reduce stress and set transitioning leaders up to succeed, companies need to provide a clear picture of what success looks like, provide formal assessments that help leaders understand where they struggle and do well, and provide 60-degree feedback and leadership training, the report suggested. While companies may have put these needs on hold during the pandemic, they need to respond soon to prevent employees from burning out or quitting, DDI said.

More recently, a LinkedIn report showed that managers are feeling the pressure from the pandemic and, potentially, underinvestment in their training: Burnout rose 78% over 2020, the report found.

We all know that the success of managers and other leaders is central to an organisation’s success. Said LinkedIn study found that managers have a big impact on employee experience (EX), including professional development, work-life balance and belonging. 

We have said a few times before that we need to stop putting things off, waiting for the disruption to end, because it is not going to happen soon (if ever) and the time to act is now! We are ready to help you get back on track with leadership development, whether you have newly promoted managers and team leaders needing to make the shift into managing people or whether it is for more senior leaders. 

Here is how we can help you develop your leaders successfully:

Nine Conversations in Leadership: the famous WorldsView Academy flagship programme loved globally. This programme is targeted at middle and senior leaders and consist of 9 half-day conversations in 3 blocks, focussing on 1) Leading Self, 2) Leading Others and 3) Leading the Organisation. A customised Leadership 360 is included in the programme. 

LeaderShift: Making the shift from team member to team leader, empowering team leaders with power skills like having difficult conversations, active listening, developing their teams and to lead change effectively, 6 x half days over 3 weeks, starting on 28th of September.

Employee Engagement and Experience Certification: Empower your managers (whether line or HR) to deliver the Employee Experience that results in high Engagement and a high performance culture. We look at building the business case for EEX, the theory that supports it, some frameworks, play on a survey platform, analyse results, and deploying interventions to make a difference. The next public intake is on the 26th of October and runs as 1 day/week online workshop over 5 weeks. 

Change Champions Workshop: Organisations cannot afford the time and investment to train lots of people in change. This is our practical solution to quickly and affordably empower a large number of people to show up with resilience, courage and skills to support change. Last chance to register for this 4-hour workshop on 9thSeptember.

New Manager Bootcamp: – accredited NQF level 5. To become a manager is to practice a new discipline, different from just doing the work yourself. Now you have to get others to show up and give their best. It sounds simple, but it requires a whole new way of thinking about your work and what it takes to be successful. It takes more than traditional management development. This workshop is run as an in-company programme, 12 x half-days over 6 months.

Become a Gallup Global Strengths Certified Coach through our partners BH Group – Gallup strengths coaches help people achieve great things by doing what they naturally do best. The Clifton strengths assessment is just the start. The real improvement occurs when people develop, and not just discover their talents. By becoming part of the Gallup global coaches community, you set yourself apart from other coaches and gain the skills, confidence and elite status to coach anyone. The last intake for this year starts on the 15th of November. More info: Gallup Certification (

Send me an e-mail if you would like to chat about any of these and hear more about how can help you build leadership development in your organisation

OD Talk with Dr Joseph George

Boundaries of Effectiveness

Dr Joseph George from India will be our guest speaker, to take us through his thoughts and experience in working with the Boundaries of Effectiveness. As a special treat one of his clients, Bhupesh, who operates across the length and breadth of India, will join us to share what they have been doing in this space to grow their business. Bhupesh Sawantdesai is the HR director of ElasticRun, they are a Deep-Reach Kirana (grocery and home essentials) Commerce Platform, unlocking the next wave of consumption in rural India.

We will explore organisations as ecologies and concurrent and emerging ways of working outside of the traditional organisational boundaries to show up in humane ways.

As a founder partner of Workplace Catalysts LLP, Dr Joseph works on individual, group and organisation level  application of behavioural sciences. Clients such as Asian Paints, Computer Associates, Société Générale, IBS,  Crayon Data, Elastic Run, Fujitsu Communications and Salesforce have engaged him on various aspects of human  measurements and development. Formerly, he was General Manager Corporate HRD at Wipro.  

 His thesis was on the  evaluation of organization development (OD). A NTL certified OD practitioner, he is an active member of the OD Network USA on its listserv group and has  been teaching OD for postgraduate and working executive students at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He also guides Masters level theses projects.

Sign up for free and join us for an hour and a half of straight talk about OD. Join the discussion on Wednesday 15 September from 09h00 – 10h30. 

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