From the new landmark research study recently released from Six Disciplines, and detailed in this 30-page research paper, “7 Key Findings About What Employees Say Drives Performance and Engagement“, survey results find that the #3 finding is that, to a significant degree, every level of leadership has very different ideas about what drives organizational performance. A goal of the research was to understand the perspectives of four leadership roles with regard to engagement and performance. The results were segmented into the following four leadership levels:
  • Senior Leadership – Responsible for long-term strategy and overall organization success
  • Middle Management – Reports to senior leadership and has other managers or frontline leaders reporting to them
  • Frontline Leaders – Those who manage people that are individual workers
  • Self-leaders – All individuals who have no one reporting to them. They ‘lead’ themselves
Why Every Level of Leadership Has Very Different Ideas on What Drives Performance 1
  • When rating top performance factors, only 9 items appeared on more than one list
  • Each leadership level has a different scope of activities to manage
  • Each leadership level has different time & horizons to optimize
  • Performance depends on leadership practices that support this breadth and variety of needs


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