Minneapolis — July 25
New research from PDI Ninth House, a Korn/Ferry company, shows that mid-level leaders are falling short in several critical competencies — and these failures can have a significant impact on business results.
In the research, bosses rated the current skill level of mid-level leaders, who are defined as managers of managers, based on several competencies. The bosses ranked them as excelling in just two competencies: “drive for results” and “customer focus.”
Bosses ranked the mid-level leaders as falling short in the following competency areas:
• Structuring the work/execution
• Engage and inspire
• Building talent
The research also showed that first-level leaders ranked higher than mid-level leaders in several competency areas, including “engage and inspire,” “build relationships,” “influence” and “execution.”
Among the key factors for mid-level leaders’ success is letting go of select behaviors that helped them succeed in their previous positions, the study suggests. For example, too much attention to detail in mid-level leader positions becomes a derailer, while it may have been rewarded in previous roles.
Source: PDI Ninth House, a Korn/Ferry company