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Predict Executive Success

Leadership Span™ powers a scientific approach to executive search and assessment that helps organizations predict long-term executive performance.

Navigate Uncertainty with A New Approach

Today’s complex and volatile business environment has dramatically changed the leadership qualities required in the C-suite, affecting how we approach our executive search, assessment, and advisory work. Based on our latest research findings, and staying true to our mission of seeing around corners, we addressed our clients’ top concern of finding the leaders best suited to navigate uncertainty by building Leadership Span, a groundbreaking and powerful framework that helps organizations plot a successful future leadership path.

Position Your Organization’s Leadership for Long-term Success

Leadership Span powers Russell Reynolds Associates’ executive search, assessment and leadership advisory work with organizations across all senior-level roles to:

Select

future leaders who are best equipped to navigate constant uncertainty, mitigating risks and improving executive transitions

Create

robust succession plans to ensure the right kind of talent is available as needed

Develop

C-suite leaders to perform durably

Identify

next-generation leaders with the highest future potential early in their careers

Find out how our leadership advisors leverage Leadership Span to transform your organization.

Mitigate the Risk of Executive Selection

We have spent decades addressing our clients’ most common question: How do we identify the best leaders to successfully navigate our business through future uncertainty?

Our latest research, grounded in decades of leadership advisory work experience as well as Hogan Assessments' scientific acumen, reveals that the answers to this question are nuanced and unexpected:

The traits that get a leader to the C-Suite are not always the best predictors of future success.

Success profiles are no longer defined by mutually exclusive characteristics.

Fast-paced business environments need durable leaders with a portfolio of competing traits.

Leadership Span accounts for these contrarian findings and is the underlying foundation of our work in helping clients mitigate the risk of executive selection and develop the best executive talent.

 

Successful Leaders Master the Tensions of Competing Traits

Leadership Span is comprised of two components: Core Leadership and C-Suite Differentiators.

Core Leadership

Competencies that represent the essential leadership traits required of all leaders at all levels.

C-Suite Differentiators

Sets of competencies that seem dichotomous by nature. But those leaders who master the ability to move across them have proven to be high-level, long-term performers.

DISRUPTIVE & PRAGMATIC

Leaders challenge the status quo and make the case for fundamental changes, yet also act as an organizational filter during times of volatility and understand the practical limits on the amount of change an organization can absorb.

RISK-TAKING & RELUCTANT

Leaders thrive in ambiguity and adapt nimbly, yet also exercise caution in taking risks and foresee threats of the horizon.

HEROIC & VULNERABLE

Leaders display perseverance in the face of challenges and know their own strengths, yet also are aware of their limitations.

GALVANIZING & CONNECTING

Leaders inspire trust through influence, charisma, and drive, yet also let others take the spotlight and empower others to create powerful networks within and beyond the organization.

“Leadership Span is a game-changer in the world of executive search... We will help companies select and develop best-in-class leaders who demonstrate prowess across competing competencies.”
—- Clarke Murphy, CEO, Russell Reynolds Associates

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Hogan-Russell Reynolds Associates Partnership

Advancing the science of assessment through Leadership Span.

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Applying the Leadership Span model

Executive Search

Mitigate ​executive selection and find leadership longevity.

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Succession Planning

Retain top leaders, maximize decision options, and drive a seamless transition.

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Assessment

Identify and develop the leaders of today and tomorrow.

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