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Sounding Board, the first cohesive Leader Development Platform created to address the leadership gap, has made its latest research, “Coaching for Success: A New Wave of Offerings for a New Breed of Leaders,” available. Coaching is a proven high-value investment leveraged by high-performing companies, according to Josh Bersin, global industry analyst, and Nehal Nangia, director of Research for The Josh Bersin Company.

According to Bersin’s research, coaching and mentoring are the most important developmental and talent management needs for HR professionals, accounting for 48%, followed by in-depth courses (42%), more responsibility (39%), rotational assignments (36%), and external networking/conferences (36%). (32 percent). Coaching is particularly unique in that it helps develop leaders through experiences, exposure, and constructive evaluation.

Sounding Board Co-founder, President and Chief Coaching Officer Lori Mazan said, “Not only is continuous leadership development foundational to business success, it’s also a desirable developmental growth opportunity for employees. This research validates how Sounding Board’s ability to integrate both personalized and group coaching into leadership development programs helps to drive significantly higher talent and innovation outcomes.”

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