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Not all leaders are good at spotting potential. Here’s how they can get better.

Someone once wrote, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” Sage advice in any situation, but particularly true when it comes to making decisions about people. When it comes to making unbiased decisions, humans are the absolute worst. Not only are we unaware of how our perceptions have been shaped by experiences, but we are incredibly motivated to avoid being wrong!

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Combining leadership skills assessment with development can dramatically change your development program, while optimizing your approach to make the most of your L&D efforts.

A CTO who thought his 12-year tenure at the company was about to end because it was the only way he could progress his career. Luckily, his CEO thought there might be value in him getting a leadership skills assessment to see if he could be a potential COO successor.

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What a competition for top-performing young executives reveals about future leadership skills needed for success.

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Leaders must navigate change daily, but the skills they use to do it are timeless. Learn the evergreen leadership skills leaders always need to be effective.

The one thing everyone can count on is change. But when leaders need to address change, there are a few things that will always be the same. There are a few evergreen leadership skills leaders will always need to be effective.

These evergreen skills aren’t sexy, but they are timeless and critically important. And when used together, they work magic across leaders’ daily routines and spark actions in others around them. They fall across three categories:

  • Interaction skills
  • Business judgment skills
  • Personal mastery

So what makes these skills so timeless, and why do leaders need to start early to develop…

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What do you need to know about identifying and developing high-potential talent? Let’s look at the biggest challenges and best practices for a successful high-potential program.

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When HR uses a personality test incorrectly, it can be a dangerous tool. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to use personality tests in the workplace correctly.

Companies need to recognize gender bias in leadership to ensure women leaders have equal opportunities to succeed.

A company struggling to improve gender parity in leadership recently contacted DDI. She said that despite their best efforts to promote more women into high-visibility leadership roles, their progress came to a standstill. That’s when they realized gender bias in leadership had become a problem for their company.

A few years ago, the company identified three women as high performers with high potential to grow into a VP role during a talent review. The women were promoted and the decisions had been met with universal praise. Each woman were proven, long-tenured leaders with successful track records. …

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A looming leadership skills gap is going to impact your company’s future, but what can you do to get your leaders help where they need it most?

What is your company doing to develop leaders’ skills for success now and in the future? With such rapidly shifting markets and evolving business demands, what can they do?

As part of DDI’s Global Leadership Forecast 2021, more than 2,100 HR professionals and 15,000 leaders were asked, “Is your organization focusing on developing the skills leaders need to be successful now and in the future?”

Unfortunately, the results show that leaders around the world, across all levels of leadership, aren’t being adequately prepared for the future. …

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Leaders are at the forefront of employee burnout. So what can they master to help prevent burnout in your workforce.

Burnout is one of the biggest issues companies are facing. Despite the fact that it’s pounding more than three-quarters of the workforce, most companies have no idea how to gauge its impact.

And now that so many people are working remotely, it’s even harder to spot signs of burnout.

So, what can companies do to prevent burnout?

Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that leaders play a major role in preventing burnout. And with the right skills, they can help bring employees back from the brink of total job burnout.

The bad news? Very few…

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Boards of directors and C-suites continually accept high rates of failure in executive transitions — but why? New research shows what companies with better success rates do differently.

It’s an ugly C-suite truth — an extraordinarily high rate of executive transitions are failures.

How high are these rates? According to DDI’s recent Leadership Transitions Report 2021, part of the Global Leadership Forecast series, 35 percent of all executives promoted internally are considered failures.

And that number skyrockets to 47 percent when the executive is hired from the outside.


DDI is a global leadership company that helps organizations transform the way they hire, promote and develop leaders at every level.

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