Developing the Hearts and Minds of Leaders

Survey Conducted by Wilson Learning Worldwide for Training Magazine

By Michael Leimbach, PhD

In this year’s 2020 Annual Leadership Development Survey Report for Training magazine, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the value and importance of developing the heart of the leader, as well as other issues that differentiate high-performing organizations from others, particularly during these challenging times.

In this industry survey of more than 530 Learning and Development professionals, we added key questions to understand how organizations develop the character of their leaders. These questions helped illuminate the importance of leadership character to organizational performance and what organizations are doing to effectively develop the character of their leaders. The results can provide a road map for organizations wanting to gain a greater cultural and financial return on their leadership development investments.

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Michael Leimbach, PhD

Michael Leimbach, PhD, is a globally recognized expert in instructional design and leadership development. As Vice President of Global Research and Development for Wilson Learning Worldwide Inc., he has worked with numerous Global 1000 organizations in Australia, England, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and throughout the United States. Over more than 30 years, Dr. Leimbach had developed Wilson Learning’s diagnostic, learning, and performance improvement capabilities, published over 100 professional articles, coauthored four books, been Editor-in-Chief for the highly acclaimed ADHR research journal, and is a frequent speaker at national and global conferences. He also serves on the ISO Technical Committee (TC232) on Quality Standards for Learning Service Providers and on the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Advisory Board.