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What are the challenges of those who are leading from the middle and executive levels of organizations? Many people speculate about them. Our research at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) has found out what these challenges are from a proven and reliable source—from the words of those leading from the middle and executive levels of organizations facing these challenges every single day.
We gathered data from 763 participants of leadership development programs from seven different places in the world (China/Hong Kong, Egypt, India, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States). Though they come from all parts of the world, these leaders consistently face the same six challenges:
• Developing Managerial Effectiveness
• Inspiring Others
• Developing Employees
• Leading a Team
• Guiding Change
• Managing Internal Stakeholders and Politics
We explain what these six challenges are, and ways that leaders can cope with them. We also implore those who design and implement training and development initiatives to understand these challenges. If you understand the challenges leaders face, you will be better able to design initiatives aimed at their development.