Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Directors must learn to inspire next generationOn 11 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The UK’s business leaders are failing to inspire the next generation ofdirectors and chief executives. Research by the Institute of Management reveals that more than a third ofall executives and half of junior managers think the quality of leadership intheir organisation is poor. Few junior managers rate their leaders highly, according to the institute’sreport, Leadership: the Challenge for All, which includes responses from 1,500managers. More than 50 per cent of managers say the ability to inspire is vital, butonly 11 per cent of respondents think their leaders provide this. Sir John Egan, chairman of the advisory panel for the research project,believes employers must become more proactive in developing their leaders. He said, “Today’s senior people have a new accountability to the peoplethey lead. Good leadership is not elusive, but many companies have yet to riseto the challenge of creating programmes of leadership for their managers.”Almost half of executives surveyed say flatter organisational structures andthe resulting lack of career opportunities are the main career barriers. In organisations where managers believe leadership potential is developedeffectively, nearly 60 per cent of managers rate leadership highly, compared toonly 21 per cent in other firms. The other most important attributes that executives believe are oftenlacking among their leaders are the abilities to provide a vision, look to thefuture and handle change. Mary Chapman, director general of the Institute of Management, said,”This research reveals a strong consensus about what constitutes goodleadership and gives clear recommendations on how organisations can bring outthe potential of their leaders. “A significant minority already have an excellent approach toleadership development, but the challenge is for the majority to recognise andadopt these good practices.” www.inst-mgt.org.ukBy Ben Willmott
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