Raleigh, NCMarch 24, 2016 – Training Industry, Inc. and The Center for Leadership Studies have released a new research report investigating the roles of management and peers in influencing behavior, and the nature of interpersonal interactions and values at work.

The study, which included 479 companies, reveals several key findings, including:

  • 73 percent of employees rated the leadership development programs provided to their managers/direct supervisors as effective
  • Millennials tend to have a more positive perception of leadership development quality (36%) than Generation X (29%) and boomers (24%)
  • Across generations, referent, expert, and legitimate power emerged as three of the most important bases of power used by leaders to influence workplace behavior

The full report, “Influenced by Others: Bases of Power Across Generations” can be downloaded here.

“This study provides a better understanding of why followers respond to both leaders and each,” said Tom Whelan, Ph.D., director of corporate research, Training Industry, Inc. “One of the most intriguing parts of this research was the balanced sampling design across generations of employees, which permitted insights into where the differences in how influence functions do and don’t exist when considering employees of all ages.”

Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry, Inc., emphasized the impact of effective leadership development programs.

“The results of this research suggest an interdependency between how well-trained leaders are and their ability to wield the tools of influence with their followers,” said Taylor. “Further, we found that follower perceptions of leadership development quality tended to match perceptions about the importance placed on training outcomes across all of the levels in Kirkpatrick’s model.”

About The Center for Leadership Studies:

For more than 45 years, The Center for Leadership Studies (CLS), founded by Dr. Paul Hersey, has been the global home of the original Situational Leadership® Model. With over 14 million leaders trained, Situational Leadership® is the most successful and widely adopted leadership model available. Deployed in more than 70% of Fortune 500 companies, Situational Leadership® transcends cultural and generational differences and equips leaders around the globe with the skills necessary to address a specific challenge, drive behavior change and increase productivity. CLS’ diverse product portfolio includes a comprehensive off-the-shelf leadership curriculum in addition to more than 30 years’ experience designing and developing award-winning custom training solutions. CLS services customers both domestically and internationally through an extensive network comprised of over 200 learning professionals in more than 35 countries.

For more information, go to www.situational.com, call 919.335.8763, or email us at info@situational.com.

About Training Industry, Inc.

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