Majority of Employees Confident in Their Companies' Leaders, Survey Finds

MENLO PARK, CA -- Presidents Day recognizes the country’s most heralded commanders in chief.  But do workers give their companies’ top leaders high marks?  In a recent survey, 47 percent of employees said they are very confident in their firms’ senior management, while 38 percent are somewhat confident.

The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources, the world’s premier provider of senior-level accounting and finance professionals on a project and interim basis.  It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 972 men and women 18 years of age or older and employed in professional environments.

Workers were asked, “How confident are you in your company’s leaders?”  Their responses:

Very confident   47%
Somewhat confident   38%
Not very confident   10%
Not at all confident   4%
Don't know/no answer   1%

“There are myriad challenges in leading a company today, such as meeting regulatory demands, growing sales amid increasing global competition, and recruiting and retaining the best talent,” said Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources.  “The most effective managers not only achieve positive results and demonstrate sound guidance in any business climate, but also are successful in building trust among employees.”

McDonald notes that exemplary business leaders share several qualities, including the ability to:

  • Recognize their team.  Leaders don’t take all the credit for their successes.  They acknowledge individual and team contributions on a regular basis.
  • Rally the troops.  Leaders support their team.  They provide resources and inspiration to employees working toward a common goal.
  • Seek input from others.  Successful leaders never go it alone.  They appreciate the intelligence and experience of their staff and ask them for suggestions to improve the organization.
  • Communicate vision.  Influential leaders don’t operate in a vacuum.  To motivate and guide others, they demonstrate vision and communicate ideas clearly throughout the organization.
  • Promote a strong work ethic.  The best leaders enjoy what they do.  They work hard to meet business goals, achieve results and foster a culture that maximizes employee performance.

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