Even though the vast majority of UK businesses believe that their performance is at risk of being held back by a shortage of skilled managers, all too few are doing anything much about it.
- Creating a talent plan to enable leadership candidates to develop essential skills prior to appointment
- Focusing on helping potential managers to build the right skills – the research identified the three key skills at all levels were communication, people management and organisation and planning
- Taking personal qualities into account – being inspirational, emotionally intelligent, creative and innovative were all identified as characteristics that tended to be lacking but were crucial to generating growth
- Not over-valuing technical skills – although important, they are not an indicator of management capability or leadership potential.