WHITE PAPER: 2020 LEADERS – HOW ARE THEY GOING TO BE DIFFERENT FROM THE LEADERS IN THE PAST?
Excerpt from the Sensei White Paper
by Malcolm Follos, Managing Director, Sensei UKE Ltd.
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At Sensei we are committed to helping our clients gain a deeper understanding of how they can use Human Performance to deliver strategically significant results. In this White Paper we focus on the challenge of developing a talent pipeline and examine how the best organizations are identifying and developing Leaders of the Future.
To help us gain insights into the challenges organizations face in this space, we interviewed leaders from a number of organizations in different sectors: Global Manufacturing Companies, Public Sector, Professional Services Firms, European Facilities Management Providers, Global Engineering & Technology Services and Financial Services Organizations. Each leader participated in a confidential, structured interview and the insights they provided have been used to calibrate our own thinking throughout this paper.
To complement the current leaders’ views, we also interviewed a number of recently graduated young professionals from a similar range of organizations to get their perspective on this topic. We compared their aspirations with what current leaders think and drew some conclusions that can benefit all leaders who are wondering how best to develop their talent.
One of the key conclusions is that, whilst many good intentions abound and the topic is clearly important, it is rarely seen as urgent. Many of today’s leaders seem keen to focus their scarce time and energy on responding to the current economic environment and the operational realities this is creating. This lure of the short term is understandable, however there is a big opportunity being missed, we fear.
The young leaders we spoke to are watching, waiting and are keen to step up and take leadership responsibilities. This is an untapped resource that can be deployed to tackle current performance issues whilst at the same time helping to future-proof your organization. This energy needs to be used well, even more so in the current climate, which demands radical actions, new ways of thinking and new ways of working.
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We have helped clients such as Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, British American Tobacco, Maersk and Homeserve to create leadership development programs that deliver real value, as well as a leadership pipeline that helps future proof their organization.
To explore these ideas and to understand how our LOF programs can be shaped to suit your organization, please contact us. We will be delighted to help you build an exciting program that delivers real value today and secures the future of your organization.