Help Wanted: High-Potential Leaders: Survey Examines How Organizations Are Defining Critical Leadership Skills for the Future

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Help Wanted: High-Potential Leaders: Survey Examines How Organizations Are Defining Critical Leadership Skills for the Future


Castellano, Stephanie, Talent Development


Talk about a skills gap: According to a survey by the talent management solutions firm Right Management, the top concern for HR executives is the lack of high-potential leaders in today's workforce. Another pressing concern is an apparent shortage of talent at all levels.

Organizations everywhere are preoccupied with the lackluster leadership potential in their ranks. What exactly are they seeking?

"Tomorrow's leaders will be visionary Human Age leaders," says Gerald Purgay, senior vice president of Right Management. "They will become curators of information and coaches for their teams, possessing opposing skill sets; strategic yet tactical, conceptual yet action-oriented; having the ability to anticipate and react; and always pushing the boundaries of what's next."

Seems like a tall order, but organizations are stepping up to it. Right Management's report, Talent Management Challenges in an Era of Uncertainty, reveals how organizations are ramping up their leadership development programs. Current leaders are sitting down to define the critical leadership competencies for their organizations (thinking up to five years out). They are communicating with all employees about their career goals and development needs, and engaging in intensive coaching sessions with those tapped for future leadership positions. …

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