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New leadership styles in demand, reveals leadership study


A new type of leadership is needed in today’s changing business environment, according to a survey of hundreds of L&D professionals conducted by the World of Learning 2009.

An overwhelming 91% of respondents in the poll said that they believe the greatest priority in skills development is the ability to think flexibly and creatively, with motivation and staff engagement close behind it. These were followed by change management skills (40%), business skills and acumen (26%), enhanced communication skills and empathy (24%) and the ability to influence (20%).

Andrew Gee, senior project manager for the World of Learning, said: “The findings of the survey reinforce what we know from our discussions with L&D practitioners and experts. Leadership is a highly topical subject for people in all walks of life from politicians to the general public, and the current economic situation is forcing people in positions of leadership to adapt and learn new skills sets in order to be effective in their role and deliver the results that UK businesses currently need.”

The survey results have been released ahead of the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition, which takes place on 30 September and 1 October 2009 at the NEC, Birmingham.

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