Leadership in the news monthly review – October 2016

Business leadership themes reported in the global newspapers in October 2016


Leadership Issues manually searches for articles of interest on business leadership in over 50 leading online international newspapers covering all continents, and posts links on the website and Twitter. At the close of each month, the articles are reviewed and clustered into key workplace leadership themes including: leadership characteristics, environment/engagement, development/succession, innovation/future, technology, practice/skills and diversity.

For the first time in 18 months, leadership development was the main leadership theme reported in the global news (31 percent of all assessed articles was on the theme of developing leaders).


Here are the top 3 results:
Leadership development (31 percent)
Leadership engagement (24 percent)
Leadership Characteristics (21 percent)

Themes not included in the leader table were to do with practice, diversity, recruitment, innovation/future trends, technology and change (which made up the remaining percentage).

Trends were broken last month. October saw an explosion of articles on the subject of leadership development. Articles raised questions over the effectiveness of classroom training for leaders. One HBR article referred to it as the “great training robbery”. The practice of leadership which dominated the global news for most of the year did not make it into the top 3. Diversity had one of its poorest coverages since records began.

This graph shows the top 5 themes reported in the global news in 2016 and their percentage position on the leaderboard.


The monthly volume of articles on leadership reported in the International news in October was consistent with previous months.

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Leadership Issues editorial  2016