Leadership Development

Leaders who can tap into the power of all

Developing agile leaders who can navigate their teams through change

The disruptive challenges we face today have never been so broad-reaching, so relentless and so disorienting. From digital transformation, to economic and health upheaval, to social and environmental change, the need for true leadership, in a new world, has never been more urgent.

We need leaders who can embrace complexity and ambiguity. Who will tackle the unsolvable. But being a leader in these times also demands empathy, compassion and understanding. We need leaders we can trust. Who genuinely care and connect with us. Leaders who can energize the change weary. Who can tap into the power of all. And empower the collective genius we need to succeed. We need radically human leaders.

What we do

We help you develop the leaders you need now and in the future at every level, so you see change at every level too – transforming your entire organization.

From deeply customized immersive experiences for CEOs to self-directed, scalable development for first-line managers and everything in between, we create powerful learning journeys and personalized coaching solutions that drive real behavior change.

Senior leaders & executives

Stepping into senior, executive and enterprise level leadership roles requires quantum change; you need to perform and transform, and run the business while you change the business. Our Enterprise Leadership Development Programs accelerate the development of your key leaders. They help executives clarify priorities, inspire others, build a climate of innovation, drive strategic growth and build corporate cultures of success.

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    Cover the things that matter from the leader and team members to the norms and disciplined processes required for high performing senior teams.

    Top Teams

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    Accelerate development for new and current CEOs or CEO successors

    Chief Executive Institute (CEI)

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    A specially created and curated leadership development experience for your senior leaders and executives

    Custom Leadership Development

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    One-to-one coaching with professional experts designed to work with executives

    Executive Coaching

Mid-level & first-time managers

If you develop leaders at every level, you get change at every level too. Our development journeys concentrate on the unique skills and tools needed for new and mid-level leader roles. We tie assessment, development and coaching together to deliver personalized journeys at scale, making for an easy learning experience for both your employee and their managers.

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    A suite of standard and highly configurable programs enabling your people to quickly develop the capabilities of leaders 

    Leadership Accelerators

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    A framework designed around six principles of leadership for today’s challenging world

    Leadership U

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    A specially curated leadership development experience for your first-time and mid-level managers in your context

    Custom Development

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    One to one coaching with professional experts designed to work with new leaders

    Coaching

High potentials

Today, developing high potentials is about preparing them for the unknown. We also know that high potentials approach learning differently. The solution? Leadership journeys that build skillsets and mindsets to enable your most talented individuals to take on broader leadership roles in an increasingly disruptive world.


We draw on a wide variety of learning strategies, blending together our standardized leadership solutions with custom programs to create a journey that is unique to your business strategy, culture and talent agenda.

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    A suite of standard and highly configurable programs enabling your people to quickly develop the capabilities of leaders 

    Leadership Accelerators

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    A framework designed around six principles of leadership for today’s challenging world

    Leadership U

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    A specially curated leadership development experience for your high potentials built to create acceleration

    Custom Development

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    One to one coaching with professional experts designed to work with high potentials

    Coaching

Solutions for today's leadership scenarios

Developing agile, radically human leadership often requires big shifts, in very specific directions, in your organizational approach and thinking. We have many specialized and focused leadership development experiences that address today’s challenges.

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    Through inclusion learning journeys for everyone, from first line leaders to senior executives, this development program is grounded in a new profile of the inclusive leader.

    Inclusive Leader

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    Strong digital leadership requires new behaviors, skills and approaches to navigate complexity.

    Digital Leader

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    Development journeys focused on the unique skills needed for front-line leaders delivered at scale

    Front-Line Leader

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    All leaders need skills for today’s times. Leverage a leadership development curriculum for all leaders, framed around the six skills needed today

    Leadership U

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Leadership development for HR professionals

One-stop leadership development resource for HR professionals

Work to develop leadership behaviors through your Korn Ferry Alliance membership, powered by the proven methodology of AchieveForum (now part of Korn Ferry). Increase the quality, speed and impact of your learning and development projects while gaining access to our world-class leadership development content, including learning intellectual property across leadership, customer service and project management.

Let us be part of your success story

Contact us and see how our consulting services can help you achieve your business goals.

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Our experts

Our experts are the best at what they do. We work with your team as an honest and inclusive partner to achieve and exceed your business goals, and we have the knowledge, expertise and experience to help you achieve greatness.

FAQs for leadership development

What is leadership development?

Leadership development is the formal and informal processes that prepare current and future leaders to excel in their roles. It includes building critical leadership skills, including decision-making, strategic thinking, network building, team management, innovation and more.

But effective leadership development goes well beyond training. It starts with assessing current leaders and high potential leadership candidates to assess their strengths and weaknesses so you can develop a targeted learning journey. Leadership development culminates in evaluations and metrics that help you understand the effectiveness of your programs and your leaders’ progress.

Why is leadership development important?

Leadership development drives performance. Organizations need to develop new leaders so they are prepared to advance strategic growth initiatives and flex with changing times. Particularly in times of disruption, organizations need to build leaders who are capable of making the right decisions that align with their business strategy.

Developing current and future leaders enables organizations to create and promote a change in culture that will support a more purpose-driven, sustainable and socially conscious organization that is committed to its people. When businesses develop the right culture, they enable their talent to implement their business strategy and achieve their desired results.

How can organizations develop leadership skills?

The first step is to assess your business strategy and leadership gaps in your current leadership team and future bench of leaders. Then create a program that is designed to fill those gaps and develop the skills that you need to execute your future strategy.

Here is a general framework to follow:

1. Identify shifts in your strategic roadmap. How is your company responding to the current environment? What shifts are planned in the future?

2. Clarify the demand for new skills. After you’ve identified how your organization is changing, define the new competencies that leaders will need to navigate the change. For example, you may need to cultivate skills such as agility, change management, cultural competence, communication and teamwork.

3. Establish the core. Despite the volume of change that many organizations are experiencing, there are still core leadership competencies that will always be necessary, such as vitality, authenticity, learning agility and self-awareness. Identify these core skills and include them in your list of developmental needs.

4. Build a design architecture. Enabling leaders to achieve their learning objectives starts by drawing a high-level map of accessible development experiences. Experiences should consist, at a minimum, of the following components:

  • Insight: Help leaders understand what’s missing or what needs improvement through assessments and feedback.
  • Motivation: Explain why leaders should invest the time and effort it takes to develop their successors.
  • Skills: Plan how your leaders will absorb new skills, such as through rotational or stretch assignments, action learning, mentoring, relationships, assessments, exposure to more senior leaders and formal classroom training.
  • Real-world practice: Decide how people will practice their new skills and competencies, such as through job experiences and on-the-job challenges.
  • Accountability: Choose how you will give appropriate feedback and otherwise encourage leaders to internalize what they’ve learned and improve their performance.

5. Build the development program. Create or select the development experiences best aligned with each leader and their context. Ensure every element ties back to your core leadership principles and the development of the critical competencies that you’ve identified. Consider various types of learning, including virtual learning, action-learning projects, workplace-based, learning and just-in-time learning.

6. Implement the development program. Launch the program with assessments, feedback and coaching. Leverage the buy-in from senior leaders to motivate participants.

7. Feedback loop. Assess the effectiveness of your leadership development program. There are many ways to do this. For example, you can use post-session evaluations to gauge participant engagement and obtain suggestions for improvement, review participants’ development plans, survey your participants for their ideas, measure retention and promotion rates or compare performance ratings of participants.

Who is responsible for the leadership development process?

Both senior executives and the HR team are instrumental in leadership development. It is critical that senior leaders support the organization’s leadership development initiatives, given the potential time, money and other resources that must be devoted to the initiatives for them to succeed.

The HR team often spearheads the creation, implementation and oversight of a leadership development strategy. They are typically the ones who make a business case to senior leaders and take responsibility for measuring the return on investment in leadership development.

How does a good leader build a team?

Leadership team development is harder than ever because leaders are expected to do more — and to do more complex and paradoxical things — than ever. For instance, leaders are expected to be both visionary strategists and operational wizards at the same time. They must execute in the present and plan for the future. And they must answer to more stakeholders as they strike a balance between their seemingly competing priorities: employees, customers, shareholders, directors, society and more.

Good leaders have a strategy behind their leadership team development processes, including selection and engagement. Here are some basic steps to follow.

  1. Identify what roles you need to perform while transforming your organization. Your leadership team needs different skills to execute your strategy and plan effectively for the future.
  2. Choose team members with the skills and experience you need for now and the future. Look for high-performing individuals who have the leadership skills you need for the role. Use assessments to identify high potentials and their competency gaps. Then construct a learning journey to prepare them for their role and find candidates with complementary skill sets.
  3. Develop leaders proactively, not reactively. With assessments, you’ll know in advance where your current leaders need to grow. If you focus on leadership development before problems arise, you’ll give them the greatest chance of success.
  4. Train leaders in real-world contexts. On-the-job experience is the best teacher of new skills and competencies.