Friday, March 20, 2009

Denison Consulting To Address Leadership Coaching Effectiveness and Leadership Gender Gap at SIOP Annual Conference

Denison Consulting, the world's leader in organizational culture and leadership development assessments, today announced that the Denison Research & Development group will chair two symposia - Leadership Coaching Effectiveness and The Gender Gap in Leadership - at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists Annual Conference (, April 2-4, 2009, New Orleans, Booth #412. Denison also announced it was awarded a SIOP grant to research "Predicting Leadership Effectiveness."

"We are presenting noteworthy findings on critical issues in leadership," said Daniel Denison, founding partner and CEO at Denison Consulting. "Leadership coaching is a growing need so companies are looking for ways to evaluate its effectiveness and identify best practices. Additionally, there continues to be a gender gap among leaders and critical variables are often overlooked in researching this trend. In these two presentations, our research and development team will present its findings with members from the academic, business and consulting communities."

Common Practices for Implementing and Measuring Leadership Coaching

With the advent of executive leadership coaching, the question on every executive's mind is, "How do I know that coaching my leaders will actually make them better leaders?" In this symposium, organized by Ashley Guidroz, PhD, of Denison Consulting, Denison Researcher Ryan Smerek, PhD, will examine his findings on the effectiveness of a one-on-one executive coaching program. Additional presentations by academicians, business professionals and external consultants, including PepsiCo and O.E. Strategies, will share case examples, qualitative and quantitative data to illustrate best practices for implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of leadership coaching.

Gender Differences in Leadership

While women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, they consistently hold fewer leadership positions than their male coworkers. Past research exploring gender differences in leadership have often yielded mixed results. So what variables are being overlooked when trying to research the leadership gender gap? In this symposium, Denison Researchers Ashley Guidroz, PhD, and Lindsey Kotrba, PhD, as well as a panel of global academicians, including the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), Maastricht University (Netherlands) and San Francisco State University, will examine a host of factors and effects that may explain the gender gap.

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SIOP Grant Awarded

Denison has also been awarded one of only a few SIOP research grants. With this grant, Kotrba and Smerek will work in conjunction with Gary Burns of Wright State University to explore what best predicts leadership effectiveness and specifically whether leaders who match their organization/department culture are rated as being more or less effective than those who don't.

About Denison Consulting

Denison Consulting provides the world's best research-based tools and assessment solutions designed to improve the bottom-line performance of leaders, teams and organizations. Used by more than 5,000 organizations globally, Denison's organizational culture, leadership and team surveys allow organizations, leaders and teams to identify strengths and weaknesses that impact sales profitability, quality, innovation, employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction, and financial performance. Based in Ann Arbor, MI, Denison has offices worldwide as well as a global network of distributors, consultants and researchers.

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