The capability of your leadership team as a whole, as well as the behaviour of individual leaders is an important value creator (or detractor) in mergers. Particularly at these critical times, all eyes are on those at the top – how they 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). These strong messages either will enhance or obstruct a smooth process of setting up the 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.