Leadership in the news monthly review – September 2016

Business leadership themes reported in the global newspapers in September 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 this year, the main leadership theme in the global news was leadership characteristics (27 percent of all assessed articles was on the theme of “what makes a leader”).


Here are the top 5 results:

Leadership characteristics (27%)
Leadership development (20%)
Leadership engagement (19%)
Skills/practice of leadership (16%)
Workplace diversity (13%)

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

Trends were broken last month. Leadership engagement and the practice of leadership slipped from the leader positions. The subject of what makes a leader and how to develop them dominated the news and both achieved their highest percentage this year.

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 September was consistent with previous months:


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Leadership Issues editorial  2016