2016 Trends in Executive Development

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Purchase of the 2016 Trends in Executive Development includes a hard copy of the report (while supplies last) and a digital copy (delivered via email).

There are two things we can say with certainty about the future: it will be different, and it will be surprising at times. Now, more than ever, leaders are having to navigate the unfamiliar. There is a quickening pace of change and a rising tide of rapidly evolving conditions causing organizations to shorten their planning timelines or to add more and often costly options in order to adjust quickly as the landscape shifts.

These rapidly evolving demands include everything from climate change to demography, shifting customer requirements and expectations, the rise of technology, globalization, new markets, and new attitudes toward work. Leaders must now operate in a way that inspires and engages people, while simultaneously addressing changing customer requirements and delivering results. And if that is not enough, all of this needs to be achieved with a sense of urgency, as the experienced leaders of the “Baby Boomer” generation continue to retire at a pace of 10,000 per day.

This somewhat unnerving time of change is challenging most leaders to find new ways to lead their organizations and achieve sustained success. More and more leaders fundamentally believe that there is more that they don’t know than what they do know about leading through the coming years.

All of these circumstances have created a thirst for leadership. People need leadership and the diverse and escalating demands on leaders are reflected in 2016 Trends in Executive Development: A Benchmark Report. Our in-depth assessment is based on survey results from 466 organizations worldwide, with contributions from Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents, Chief Learning Officers, and Heads of Executive and Leadership Development. Supplementary information included in the report comes from a variety of sources, including our extensive biennial survey, interviews with leading organizations and subject matter experts as well as briefings with faculty and external providers of custom executive development solutions.

The Report is the product of a collaborative partnership between Executive Development Associates, Inc. (EDA), Pearson’s TalentLens group, and Performance Assessment Network (PAN).

EDA has conducted executive development trends surveys in the United States, and more recently on a global basis, for over 27 years. Our research is designed to heighten awareness of the critical trends in executive development and to contribute to ongoing efforts to advance the state of the industry. Pearson’s TalentLens group has sponsored research, as part of their assessment business, which has been in existence for over 85 years. Pearson is committed to supporting research that increases the field’s knowledge of key talent assessment and management issues. Performance Assessment Network (PAN) joins us for the first time in 2016 as a research partner.

Here’s what Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates (EDA) has to say about this year’s research:

Bonnie-Hagemann-Trends-Report“On a very bright note, this year’s survey indicates that the concept of using executive development to execute business strategy has caught on significantly. Leaders are focused on conducting formal needs analysis early on, enabling them to identify specific capabilities needed to achieve the vision, live the values, and execute the strategy. Linking to the old adage, “measure twice, cut once” organizations are clearly deciding that it is better to step back and take the time to understand the landscape fully before investing valuable capital on programs that may or may not help them achieve their strategic objectives.

While many leading organizations have been doing this for years, the 2016 results show that leaders are grasping the power of strategic executive development to target real and current issues, and to accelerate the advancement of the company’s strategy and business goals.”

We also offer onsite strategy sessions facilitated by Senior Executive Development Associates Consultants. For more information, contact Amy Sullivan at