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Russell Reynolds Associates Identifies Clear Link Between Leadership and Organizational Resilience

PRNewswire April 26, 2023

Organizations that are prepared for external threats are twice as likely to be led by senior executives who possess three critical traits

NEW YORK, April 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Leadership advisory firm Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA) released today its H1 2023 Global Leadership Monitor, which tracks threats to organizational healthÔÇöand senior leaders’ preparedness to face them.┬á

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“Organizational resilienceÔÇöthe ability to weather unpredictable challenges and emerge stronger from themÔÇöis needed now more than ever,” said RRA chief executive officer Constantine Alexandrakis. “Organizations no longer face one concern at a time. They must instead deal with multiple complex and intertwined issues. And just like the turn of a Rubik’s cube, progress in one area can quickly undermine progress in another.”┬á

The Global Leadership Monitor surveyed 452 CEOs and board leaders, as well as 452 C-suite leaders and 563 next-generation Leaders (senior talent who sit one or two levels below the C-suite) across countries in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.

It found that the top threats to organizational health over the next 12-18 months are uncertain economic growth (73%), availability of key talent/skills (72%), technological change (44%), changes in consumer behavior (39%), and increased regulation (39%).

Readiness to address key external threats is mixed, while a little over half (55%) of leaders believe their organization is prepared to deal with the top five priorities they identified, this means a substantial proportion of leaders are more circumspect about their organization’s resilience.

The research found how future-forward leadership can significantly boost organizational resilience.

Overall, organizations that are most prepared for external business threats are twice as likely to be led by senior executives who possess three key traits.

  • Enabling change and innovation. Visionary leaders who commit to inspirational goals, and create a culture of curiosity that allows the organization to innovate and transform.
  • Navigating uncertainty: Leaders who are agile and who can confidently navigate ambiguity, and make decisions without complete information.
  • Creating value through others. Leaders who are able to motivate and empower others, and build coalitions of stakeholders across (and beyond) their organization to tackle complex challenges.

“Our research makes clear the powerful link between future-forward leadership and organizational resilience,” said Alexandrakis. “Great leadership is what will allow organizations to continue riding high in a volatile and uncertain world, so CEOs must not only reflect on their own capabilities, but also on those of the leadership team surrounding them.”

To access the report visit: https://www.russellreynolds.com/en/insights/global-leadership-monitor/spring-2023


Every year, Russell Reynolds Associates administers The Global Leadership Monitor, a bi-annual survey of executives and non-executive directors, which tracks key threats to organizational health and leadership preparedness to face them, as well as indicators of confidence in leadership, and leaders’ engagement and career aspirations.

All data has been weighted by GDP to create a more representative lens on share of business contribution from each market. Next-Generation executives are defined as those who are 1 or 2 levels below the C-suite.

About Russell Reynolds Associates 

Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA) is a global leadership advisory firm. Our 500+ consultants in 47 offices work with public, private, and non-profit organizations across all industries and regions. We help our clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today’s challenges and anticipate the digital, economic, and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment. From helping boards with their structure, culture, and effectiveness, to identifying, assessing, and defining the best leadership for organizations, our teams bring their decades of expertise to help clients address their most complex leadership issues. We exist to improve the way the world is led.┬á


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