Sink or Swim: Setting First-time Leaders Up for Success

CLO Magazine

As Figure 2 shows, among the top reasons is that they were promoted as a reward for their technical expertise. In DDI’s “Finding the First Rung” study, we asked 1,130 front-line leaders, “How did you become a leader?” When leadership is the result of an individual’s choice, they are more likely to bring to the role the right attitudes and behaviors that will breed success. Specifically, catalyst leaders can be defined through their behaviors.

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Accelerate the Leadership Engine

CLO Magazine

But when it came to crafting a new leadership development program for the target group, whose members varied in terms of language skills and levels of expertise, it was time for a new approach. Working with Development Dimensions International (DDI), a talent management consulting company, Nissan’s HR team crafted a curriculum designed to provide the skills future leaders would need to be optimally effective and establish a common leadership vocabulary across functions and locations.