About the IMD Global Leader Index

What is the IMD Global Leader Index? Expand (+)

The IMD Global Leader Index is a tool for benchmarking your professional capabilities and identifying opportunities for leadership development.

By taking a 48-question survey and defining your professional profile, you get an overview of how you compare to thousands of other executives around the world at your level according to four key global leadership capabilities:

  • Strategic leadership
  • Execution leadership
  • Stakeholder leadership
  • Personal leadership

This helps you to identify which capabilities you could strengthen, either to help you in your current position or to prepare for a higher level of responsibility.

Is the IMD Global Leader Index free? Expand (+)

Yes!

What are "global leadership capabilities" anyway? Expand (+)

The four global leadership capabilities in the IMD Global Leader Index are linked to high-performing businesses around the world. People with these capabilities are “global leaders” – people who, whatever their level, are able to sustainably improve business results by shaping and leading change in their organization.

Strategic leadership is the ability to define the strategic direction of your project, team, business unit or organization. Are you looking for new ideas and thinking of customer needs? Are you able to place your business within the context of the world’s new – and ever-changing – complexity?

Execution leadership is the ability to translate strategic direction into actionable results. Have you mastered business fundamentals? Do you look for ways to improve performance? Do you deliver on business goals?

Stakeholder leadership is the ability to engage others in order to achieve large-scale changes. Do you consider all stakeholders, both external and internal? Are you able to mobilize stakeholders to find and deploy win-win solutions?

Personal leadership focuses on you as a leader. Do you know yourself well enough to lead effectively? To what degree do you inspire and empower others?

How are my results calculated? Expand (+)

Your results are calculated according to your responses to the survey questions as well as the professional profile you define, which indicates your level of responsibility.

Your responses to the survey are aggregated to the four global leadership capabilities and then compared to those of thousands of global executives at your level, who have completed the same survey*.

The value you get for each global leadership capability is a percentile rank that represents where you are in the overall distribution of results for people at your level of responsibility. A figure of 60, for example, means that your result is the same or higher than 60% of people at your level in the database.

* The database is provided by Denison Consulting and contains data for nearly 14,000 executives from a wide variety of countries, industries, organizations, business units, functions and management levels.

What do my results mean? Expand (+)

The IMD Global Leader Index doesn’t assess how good you are at your job. Rather, it’s a quick way to see how you compare to other executives like you – and a good starting point for thinking about your future leadership development.

A figure of 60, for example, means that your result is the same or higher than 60% of people at your level in the database. You’ll also see which competencies are your strongest within each global leadership capability, and which are your weakest.

By benchmarking yourself in this way – either anonymously or by sharing with people in your network – you can identify which capabilities you could consider developing and strengthening, either to help you in your current position or to prepare for a higher level of responsibility.

How credible are my results? Expand (+)

The methodology behind the IMD Global Leader Index is based on 20 years of academic research on leadership in global organizations by Dan Denison and Robert Hooijberg, Professors of Organization Behavior and Leadership at IMD.*

This research has identified the 16 competencies addressed in the survey as being common to high-performing businesses around the world, irrespective of national culture.

To calculate your results, your aggregated responses to the survey are compared to the aggregated responses of thousands of global executives at your level, coming from a wide variety of countries, industries, organizations, business units and functions**. The large number of diverse people in the database makes it highly likely that your results provide an accurate indication of how you compare.

* For more detailed information please refer to the following research:

  • “Leading Culture Change in Global Organizations”, Dan Denison, Robert Hooijberg, Nancy Lane and Colleen Leif, Jossey Bass, June 2012
  • “What Makes Leaders Effective, A Stakeholder Approach to Leadership Effectiveness”, Robert Hooijberg and Dan Denison, Academy of Management Conference
  • “Leadership and Link to Bottom Line Performance”, Dan Denison, White Paper, Denison Consulting, n.d.
  • “Toward a Theory of Organization Culture and effectiveness”, Dan Denison and A. Mishra, Organization Science, March/April 1995
  • “Corporate culture and organization effectiveness: is there a similar pattern around the world?” Dan Denison, Stephanie Haaland, Paulo Goelzer, Mobley, Advances in Global Leadership, 2003, pp. 205 – 227

** The database is provided by Denison Consulting and contains data for nearly 14,000 executives.

What will IMD do with my results? Expand (+)

Let’s start with what we won’t do: IMD will never share or sell your results or any information you provide. How you share your results and with whom are entirely up to you.

The IMD Global Leader Index was developed to help you become a successful global leader – ready to meet the challenges of, and maximize the opportunities in, today’s complex and ever-changing world. In addition to serving as a starting point for you to think about your future leadership development, it allows us to better support you on your global leader journey.

Though the Global Leader Index, we can propose only our most relevant knowledge, programs and services to you. You will have access to free, personalized e-magazines featuring our Faculty’s latest research and insights. The proposed subjects reflect those competencies that your results identify as areas you could develop. You will similarly see which of our programs and services are best suited to you.

The IMD Global Leader Index also supports your networking by identifying other global leaders in a similar situation to you and providing the opportunity to connect through the platform.

We are also happy to discuss your leadership development in person, based on your IMD Global Leader Index.

Talk to our Program Advisors to learn more.

How are my programs recommended? Expand (+)

Based on your results, we identify IMD programs and services that are best suited to help you advance as a global leader.

The IMD programs and services we recommend to you are based first on your global leadership level. Whether you are a high-potential global leader, a developing global leader, a global leader, or a senior global leader, our suggestions take into account where you are on your global leader journey. We also take a look at which IMD programs you might have already completed. We exclude programs in which you have participated and suggest programs and services which build on your previously acquired skills and education.

Finally, the IMD Global Leader Index suggests programs which focus on the competencies that you can improve based on your IMD Global Leader Index Results.

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Other questions? Comments?

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