HR professionals believe their senior leaders lack talent

HR takes a dim view of leaders in their organisations, with less than one in 10 HR professionals believing their bosses have any talent at all.

This was one of the key findings of an exclusive survey into leadership, carried out by Personnel Today in association with business consultancy Square Peg International.

Worryingly, 14% of the 937 respondents believe their bosses are devoid of any leadership talent whatsoever, and nearly half (48%) claim their leaders have the right stuff – but need development. Only 8% of respondents believe they have fantastic leaders who are ‘extremely’ talented.

Where senior managers need most help, according to 60% of respondents, is with interpersonal and communication skills. And half claim their leaders need to reduce the size of their egos and put aside personal agendas.

Doug Ross, managing director of Square Peg International, said: “As bureaucracy acts as a barrier stopping good people from adding value, HR will increasingly have to ensure that policies and processes enable leaders to make things happen.”


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