A significant gap exists between the leadership skills organizations have now and the ones they will need in five years, according to new research from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL).
CCL surveyed 2,200 leaders from 15 companies for its Understanding the Leadership Gap study. Researchers asked executives and managers from an array of corporations and government agencies to consider a set of 20 leadership skills.
Respondents then ranked those skills in terms of how important they will be for success five years from now and how accomplished their colleagues are at them today. The biggest gaps? Executives in the U.S., India and Singapore identified the four most important leadership skills needing work as:
- Leading People–knowing how to hire, direct and motivate talented staff
- Strategic Planning–translating vision into realistic business strategies
- Inspiring Commitment–recognizing and rewarding employee accomplishments
- Managing Change–dealing with resistance to change and involving colleagues in the design and implementation of change
As you look into the future, what do you see? Are these the biggest gaps for your organization? More importantly, do you have a plan in place for addressing them?