January 15th 2020

Leadership Development – Is It Fit for Purpose?

This report discusses the current state of leadership development, and how it needs to evolve to meet the demands of today’s "VUCA World" - the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) business environment.

Leadership development is at a crossroads. We live in a world of economic, social and demographic disruption – and it’s making leadership harder than ever. Yet the way organisations develop their leaders hasn't changed much over the past 20 years. This is despite improved understanding of how adults develop, and significant advances in learning technology.

Leadership development is a major concern for senior leaders, and top teams are devoting greater focus and financial resources to it. However, the results of this investment often fail to match expectations, and there seems to be scant link between the actions taken to develop leaders and business outcomes. So is leadership development fit for purpose?

In this Speed Read, we explore the state of play in leadership development.

  • What do today’s businesses need from leaders?
  • What are current leadership development theories and practices, and are they delivering what organisations need today and in the future?
  • How do we know that leadership development is working (or not)?
  • What can organisations do to improve their leadership development practices and align them more closely with business strategy and objectives?

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