ILM Research: 3D Leadership Hub

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In recent months – years even - examples of both good and bad leadership styles have dominated the news agenda. The question of what really makes a good leader is the subject of numerous debates – with everyone from political party leaders to start-up CEOs implicated.

But so often the actual substance of what enables individuals to be a positive influence, and to achieve things through those around them, is overlooked. To try and bring the focus back to the unique, tangible qualities that make up the best leaders, we wanted to drill down into the skills, behaviours and learning that sit behind what we mean by ‘leader’.

ILM’s research, based on responses from over 2000 UK employees in full and part-time work, looks in detail at what it is that people value in the workplace, and the capabilities that enable people to work effectively.


Leadership isn’t just a word or a single quality; being a leader involves a huge number of different skills and attributes, each of which may have developed in different ways. By taking a three dimensional view, we can identify the core capabilities that make up the most effective leaders that are so crucial for achieving organisational success.

John Williams, ILM Director of Digital Strategy, Marketing and Research


Employers risk fueling UK skills crisis

New research from ILM – the UK’s leading specialist provider of leadership qualifications – reveals that almost two thirds (62%) of UK professionals say they are not “very well equipped” to do their job. Even more workers (69%) feel unprepared for the changing workplace, warning that they will need to acquire new skills in order to do their job in the next two to five years.

Find out more about the risk of a skills crisis

UK workplaces at risk of “contagious leadership”

New research on the nation’s workforce from ILM, the UK’s leading specialist provider of leadership qualifications, revealed that workplace behaviours are highly infectious, with 74% of professionals having actively emulated attributes seen in their colleagues.

Some of the most contagious traits are also the most critical to get right, including communication, copied by a fifth (18%) of workers, problem solving (9%), and customer service (10%). 

 Find out more about contagious behaviour in the workplace

Contagious Leadership

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"Contagious Leadership" rife in the UK workplace

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