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SHL Leader Edge

Leverage the Power of Context

Matching Leaders to Challenges

Our innovative product, Leader Edge, objectively measures a leader’s attributes and experiences alongside the challenges they will need to overcome. Although these challenges are inherently demanding, leaders with certain traits and experiences can still succeed and thrive. The key is matching leaders to the challenges which they are best suited for and aligning development activities to the future challenges leaders may face.

Factoring in work context improves predictions about leader performance with up to 3X more accuracy.

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Groundbreaking Leadership Study

SHL conducted one of the largest and most comprehensive studies of what predicts leader success in today’s work environment. We’ve learned that there are 27 contextual leadership challenges that matter most to making or breaking leaders’ performance—and that leaders with certain attributes are likely to be more successful with some challenges and less with others.

Sample Contextual Challenges

Drive Team Performance
  • Lead geographically dispersed teams
  • Transform a high conflict culture
Lead Change
  • Deliver under high uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Design and drive new strategies
Deliver Results
  • Deliver exceptional customer service
  • Deliver high margins
Manage Risk and Reputation
  • Deliver in high risk-taking contexts
  • Represent the organizational externally

How Leader Edge Helps You


Identify the potential of current and future leaders against key contextual challenges.


Highlight leader development focus and conduct relevant career discussions.


Match best-fit leaders into roles with increased precision and confidence.

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Source: SHL and Gartner research.