This Global Leadership Forecast 2014/2015 is the seventh report since Development Dimensions International (DDI) began this research in 1999. The current report—a joint effort of DDI and The Conference Board—includes survey responses from 13,124 leaders; 1,528 global human resource executives; and 2,031 participating organizations. To ensure that no individual organization dominated the overall results, a random sample was taken from any organization whose leaders comprised more than 1 percent of the global sample.

The record-breaking size of the participant pool gave us sufficient sample sizes so that we could look at our findings from many points of view. We were able to dissect findings based on diverse perspectives spanning leaders and HR professionals, four leader levels, gender, 48 countries across all regions, 32 major industry categories, and multinationals versus local corporations.

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