It has been well documented that around 50% of all leaders fail in one way or another. There are certainly a variety of reasons for these failures. When I think about all of my clients, as well as reviewing some of the literature in the area, a few themes emerge about why leaders fail at such a high percentage.
The most interesting themes are those that suggest the organization, not the leader, could have done a lot differently to help ensure success. The four themes below are areas that organizations should consider as they create and/or review their leadership selection, development, succession planning, and engagement processes. Also, it is a call to HR leaders to ensure that the top organizational leaders understand how these themes can quickly derail their mid-level leaders and hurt the organization fairly quickly.