How we picked the Top Companies for Leaders

Fortune spanned the globe to find the top companies for developing talent.

(Fortune magazine) -- To select the Top Companies for Leaders, Fortune, Hewitt Associates, and the RBL Group invited human resources executives from around the world to participate in the study. Participation was open to organizations of any type (for example, public, private, nonprofit), size (employee and revenue), and location.

From those invitations, 537 companies from around the globe took part. They completed a detailed questionnaire examining the factors influencing both the depth and quality of leadership. Hewitt analyzed all entries for responses consistent with strong leadership practices. Based on this analysis, Hewitt identified 217 global finalists.

Each finalist company completed in-depth interviews to gain greater clarity and precision around their specific leadership practices. In addition, Hewitt interviewed one or more senior business executives from each finalist company. Hewitt scored company survey data by assigning points to questions and responses.

An esteemed panel of judges -- composed of authors, academics, and journalists -- gathered in each region to select and rank a 2009 Top Companies for Leaders list in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America. The judges considered many variables in selecting and ranking the lists, including survey and interview data, company reputation, leadership culture and values, and business performance over a five-year period. To top of page

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