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Top Companies for Leaders Study 2011

2011 Top Companies for Leaders Study Results


After careful consideration, Aon Hewitt will embark on the much anticipated Top Companies for Leaders study in early 2014, allowing organizations a chance to continue to improve their efforts, diligently measure their results and reap the benefits of their investments in talent.

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Benchmark Against the 2011 Top Companies for Leaders

It is not too late to benchmark your practices against the Top Companies for Leaders! We know from our research that those who excel at attracting, developing, and retaining leaders focus on continuous improvement. In fact, 86% of the finalist companies have already benchmarked their practices against the Top Companies for Leaders. Aon Hewitt's Top Companies for Leaders Benchmark Report© provides your organization with valuable information that will help you identify, prioritize and act on your most critical leadership needs in 2013 and beyond. Please contact Shelli Greenslade for additional information at

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The 2011 Top Companies for Leaders are Committed, Connected, Comprehensive and Culturally Agile

Leadership is the single largest determinant of business success. Organizations that excel at cultivating leaders gain an edge over their competition. With globalization driving change, the demand for agile leaders will continue to intensify. Most organizations still can't find or develop leaders fast enough to address the multitude of challenges facing their companies and their people. However, they know that having the right leaders in place today, and a strong and sustainable pipeline for tomorrow, is vital for success.

Since the study's inception in 2002, the factors that drive a winning leadership culture have been identified. Like their predecessors, the 2011 Global Top Companies for Leaders are passionate and committed to leadership development. Their leadership programs are practical, relevant and aligned with business goals. Top Companies have an intense focus on talent, and they are deliberate about hiring, coaching, developing and rewarding success. Finally, leadership development at these organizations is an embedded practice and mindset.

About the Research

Initiated in 2001 by Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt), Top Companies for Leaders is the world's most comprehensive longitudinal study of leadership and leadership practices. The study, recognized for its global scope and research rigor, attracts hundreds of companies around the globe that seek outside-in insights on leader building and how the best develop and sustain their leadership pipeline.

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2011 Global Press Release


Contact Information

Jessie Leisten
Global Project Director, Top Companies for Leaders

Laura Donald
Global Research Manager, Top Companies for Leaders

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