Study: Leadership Education Gap

Heat Map of United States Displaying the Percentage of Institutions in Each State that Offer Leadership Programs, Smallest Percentage is 7% and Highest is 34%

The Leadership Program Gap in America

Most academic institutions claim to produce great leaders. Yet, this study across 6,000+ institutions found only 15% offer leadership development programs. Get the full report for more details by state, institution, and heritages.

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About the Report

The study analyzed 18 years of data (2000 through 2018), across 6,857 institutions, for 2,155 different program classifications (degrees or certificates). Data was sourced predominantly from the National Center for Education and Statistics’ (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the US Census Bureau’s 2000 census, 2010 census, and forecasts. 

The programs considered ranged from certifications of less than 1 year to post-doctoral research programs. For inclusion in the study, the data had to be submitted to the NCES’s annual data gathering reports. For more details about the data, see Methodology.

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Top 3 Findings

Employers expect thousands of hours invested before hiring applicants for most professional positions. Yet, when promoted to people leadership roles, only a fraction of that investment is expected for the newly required leadership skills.

Typical Time Investment
Graph Displaying Typical Hours Invested for Associates Degree is 2160 hours, Bachelor 4320, Masters 6480, Doctorate 8640, Experts 10000, but Leadership Development is only 128 hours
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Radiant Forest, LLC helps companies fix and prevent bad boss behaviors. Companies struggling with poor employee engagement scores, middle managers who don’t seem aligned with executive direction, or recently merged and acquired organizations look to Radiant Forest for assistance. The solutions presented by Radiant are not miracle pills. However, the research and unique views Radiant Forest brings often leave their clients feeling like they experienced magic.

We realize the gap presented in this study demonstrates nobody sets out to be a bad leader – most simply never studied good leadership practices. If you seek to align your leadership, fix bad behaviors or simply assess your people leadership abilities, contact Radiant Forest today.