Fact Sheet: Leadership Development Stats Every HR Professional Should Share with Their CEO

As HR professionals, it's crucial to equip our CEOs with compelling data that underscores the necessity of investing in manager and leadership development. Without it, the C-suite may overlook the importance of people development, leading to detrimental consequences for organizational growth. In reality, high-growth organizations can’t afford NOT to invest.

Whether you’re advocating for the creation of a manager academy training program or seeking to implement assessments like DISC throughout your organization, you need to be armed with hard data to make a compelling case. To assist you in this endeavor, we’ve curated a selection of impactful statistics outlining the costs, profitability, and ROI of various aspects of leadership development:

Poor Leadership

79% of people would seek new employment due to bad leadership. Source: Career Addict, ‘Why People Quit Their Jobs’, 2020.

Turnover and Talent Retention

34% of employees leave within the first year, primarily in the first 90 days. The top reason people leave (43%) is because the role doesn’t meet their expectations. Source: Forbes Advisor, Key HR Statistics And Trends In 2024, 2023

Manager Effectiveness

1 in 3 workers say their manager can’t lead a team Source: The Society for Human Resources Management - SHRM, ‘The High Cost of a Toxic Workplace Culture’, 2019


76% of HR leaders report that managers are overwhelmed by growing job responsibilities. Source: Gartner, ‘Top 5 HR Trends and Priorities for 2024’, 2023

Employee Engagement

Companies with highly engaged employees are 21% more profitable and 17% more productive. Source: Forbes Advisor, Key HR Statistics And Trends In 2024, 2023

Alongside these statistics, we’ve created graphics that you can easily incorporate into your presentation to your CEO. These statistics offer a clear illustration of the profound impact that effective leadership development can have on organizational outcomes. Convincing your CEO shouldn’t have to be difficult – let us help you with the data you need.

If you’d like to delve deeper into the subject, prominent HR reports from Gallup, SHRM, and Microsoft provide invaluable insights into the benefits of prioritizing leadership development initiatives.

Ready to equip your CEO with the compelling data they need to prioritize leadership development initiatives? Click the button below to download our “Why Invest in Manager and Leadership Development?” fact sheet (no email required). With this invaluable resource at your disposal, you’ll be well-prepared to advocate for strategic investments in the future success of your organization.

Together, let’s empower our organizations to thrive by strategically investing in leadership and manager development.

If you need more information on convincing your CEO, email us at experts@orcahrsolutions.com. We are here to help!

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