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The Six Disciplines Blog

Friday, August 31, 2018

Why Every Level of Leadership Has Very Different Ideas on What Drives Performance

From the new landmark research study recently released from Six Disciplines, and detailed in this 30-page research paper, “7 Key Findings About What Employees Say Drives Performance and Engagement“, survey results find that the #3 finding is that, to a significant degree, every level of leadership has very different ideas about what drives organizational performance. A goal of the research was to understand the perspectives of four leadership roles with regard to engagement and performance. The results were segmented into the following four leadership levels:
  • Senior Leadership – Responsible for long-term strategy and overall organization success
  • Middle Management – Reports to senior leadership and has other managers or frontline leaders reporting to them
  • Frontline Leaders – Those who manage people that are individual workers
  • Self-leaders – All individuals who have no one reporting to them. They ‘lead’ themselves
  • When rating top performance factors, only 9 items appeared on more than one list
  • Each leadership level has a different scope of activities to manage
  • Each leadership level has different time & horizons to optimize
  • Performance depends on leadership practices that support this breadth and variety of needs
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Since 2005, the Six Disciplines blog offers posts about performance excellence, strategy execution, business coaching, leadership development, innovation, and business process improvement. This blog has received prestigious awards for leadership and management and has been syndicated by several major media sources.