Leadership challenges can be divided into three main categories: competing internal agendas and goals, overcoming the middle management "permafrost" layer, and moving forward despite deferred commitments and actions.
Competing internal agendas and goals is by far the most common challenge faced by leaders, with 56% of respondents citing it as a major issue. This can be a particularly difficult problem to solve because it requires balancing the interests of different stakeholders while also trying to achieve company-wide objectives.
Overcoming the middle management "permafrost" layer is another significant challenge, with 45% of respondents saying it is a major issue. This refers to the tendency of middle managers to resist change and cling to the status quo. Leaders must find a way to motivate and inspire these employees to get them on board with new initiatives.
Finally, moving forward despite deferred commitments and actions is also a significant challenge for leaders, with 33% of respondents citing it as an issue. This can happen when projects are put on hold or when employees fail to follow through on their commitments. Leaders must be able to persevere in these situations and keep pushing forward towards their goals.