Study: Top execs need reality check

September 17, 2010

We’ve all been there. You want so badly to offer your boss a little construction criticism, but you hesitate or hold yourself back because you fear the repercussions of speaking your mind.

Well, according to a new study written about in The Star-Ledger, your straight talk might have done your boss some good.

In a poll of nearly 250 midsize to large companies across the country, six in 10 said the senior executives they laid off needed an impartial evaluation of their leadership styles and behaviors. More than half also said their departees should work on motivating and engaging their employees, according to the survey by talent management firm OI Partners-Gateway International.

Too often managers in high-ranking positions get blinded by their success and don’t feel the need to do a self-assessment. In addition, companies surveyed said their former managers could improve on a few other skills as well:

“… Such as communicating effectively (48 percent), team building (39 percent), developing an inspiring vision (20 percent) and managing conflict (17 percent).”

Unfortunately, with the current status of the economy and the job market, new executives will not be afforded time to “find themselves” in their positions, Joe Kran, a managing partner at the firm, which has offices in Princeton, Parsippany and Metropark, told The Star-Ledger. With so many people looking for jobs, it’s an “employer’s market.”

This story is a perfect example of the need to conduct performance reviews at all levels of a company. Managers and top executives are not and should not be exempt from this type of progress report, and it may just save their career.

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