UK PLC Needs Better Management and Leadership

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UK PLC Needs Better Management and Leadership


The most comprehensive study carried out in recent years into the demand for and supply of managers and leaders in the UK was released on 13 May.

`Managers and leaders: raising the game' identifies management and leadership as a key factor holding back the performance of UK plc and offers an action plan to create a world-class management culture. It highlights a significant mismatch between the supply and demand of management and leadership development, and recommends a variety of interventions.

The report claims that these are vital to ensure that Britain's economic productivity is not held back by a lack of appropriate and practical leadership skills, which are "in short supply from the top to the bottom of organisations", despite a rapid expansion of formal management education in the last 20 years.

Looking at the management development industry, the report finds that while the best providers match the best in the world, there is a very long tail of under-performance. It also suggests that the current supply of management and leadership development is not adequately meeting the UK's existing need for more and better managers and leaders, let alone our future needs.

The report is the culmination of two years of wide-ranging consultation and analysis across the UK's public, private and voluntary sectors led by the Council for Excellence in Management & Leadership (CEML). The report states "Good management and leadership is pivotal to quality of performance, investment, productivity and delivery of service in all enterprises - in the public or private sector and in the professions. …

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