New Zealand Short of Future Business Leaders

New Zealand Management, August 2008 | Go to article overview

New Zealand Short of Future Business Leaders


New Zealand is facing a critical shortage of educated and experienced future business leaders, according to a recent report by Swann Group.

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The report identifies a "demographic hole" in the country's business leadership pool of 35- to 50-year-olds and says the fast-emerging shortage could create a potential leadership deficit of some 40,000 people.

The Swann Group report, "The Future, the Market, our Leaders: A timely reminder of succession issues in the evolving New Zealand leadership market", concludes that the leadership talent pool available to New Zealand enterprises is shrinking rapidly and identifies three key trends which indicate that attracting and retaining leadership talent will fast become an even more significant challenge for New Zealand business:

* A significant proportion of the New Zealand labour market--the Baby Boomers (born 1947-1965) will retire over the next 15 years.

* There are less people in Generation X (those below the Baby Boomers) to look to for leadership succession. As a result, a very substantial leadership deficit of up to 40,000 people will hollow out the leadership capability of New Zealand business. …

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