Leadership development – Preparing leaders for future challenges

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Leadership development has always been about preparing leaders for future challenges – what’s becoming less certain is what exactly those challenges will be? With the impact of digital transformations on productivity and employee connections, hybrid work arrangements and the constant pace of change, many organisations are turning to leadership development as a solution. With interviews and surveys from nearly 1,300 L&D professionals and functional leaders this report reveals the challenges on developing leaders that are adaptable and are prepared for any situation.


Helping people, organisations and economies develop their skills for growth.

For over 140 years we have worked with people, organisations and economies to help them identify and develop the skills they need to thrive. We understand the life changing link between skills development, social mobility, prosperity and success.

We partner with our customers to deliver work-based learning programmes that build competency, to support better prospects for people, organisations and wider society. We create flexible learning pathways that support lifelong employability, because we believe that people deserve the opportunity to (re)train and (re)learn again and again – gaining new skills at every stage of life, regardless of where they start.

We’re a Royal Chartered Institute and a registered charity, everything we do is charitable. We invest our surplus into expanding and enhancing our solutions across all of our brands, to meet the changing needs of organisations and industries. And through our City & Guilds Foundation we amplify our purpose by focusing on high impact social investment, recognition and advocacy programmes which remove barriers to getting a job, celebrate best practice on the job and advocate for jobs of the future.

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