The collective capability of your leadership team, plus the behaviour of individual leaders, will enable (or detract from) M&A value creation. Particularly at these critical times, all eyes are on those at the top. People will observe how your leaders behave, the decisions they make (and fail to make), what they say (and don’t say) and everything they are seen to tolerate (or not). The strong messages your M&A leaders send, intentionally or not, will enhance or obstruct the process of setting up your future organization for success.
Based on our most recent research, Leadership challenges and things about Leadership that went wrong predict people experience (which predicts whether or not deal objectives are met). Specifically, positive people experience is 3 times more likely when Leadership is not mentioned as a challenge and 5.6 times more likely when Leadership is not mentioned as something that went wrong.