Training Today: Leadership Programs Need Support

Lack of senior-level support has emerged as the main obstacle to the implementation of global leadership development programs.

Lack of senior-level support has emerged as the main obstacle to the implementation of global leadership development programs, according to an online survey of nearly 400 senior managers and executives conducted by AMA Enterprise, a specialized division of American Management Association that offers advisory services and tailored learning programs to organizations.

What is the main obstacle you encounter in implementing global leadership programs?

Time: 15%

Cost/Budget: 26%

Complexity ofthe program: 8%

Lack of executive support: 39%

Other: 5%

Cultural differences: 7%

Organizations experiencing the greatest success with their global leadership initiatives tend to be those whose senior management is involved in the actual implementation of such programs, says Sandi Edwards, senior vice president for AMA Enterprise.

Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training Top 100 and Emerging Training Leaders.