UK business is focusing more attention on the leadership skills of its junior managers than its CEOs, according to research released today.
The Work Foundation survey, Developing Leaders, shows company directors are the management group least likely to receive leadership development in the next 12 months. It is also the group least likely to have received leadership development over the past two years.
Junior managers are almost twice as likely as CEOs to have received leadership development tuition in the past two years, on 47 and 25 per cent respectively, according to the poll of 221 organisations.
The survey also shows that just six out of 10 senior managers received leadership training. Junior managers are also more than twice as likely as CEO and board members to receive leadership training in the forthcoming year, on 56 and 23 per cent respectively.
And six out of 10 middle managers expect to receive leadership training next year.
Seventy-eight per cent of organisations polled listed leadership as one of their values. Three-quarters believe leadership is essential while nine out of 10 invest in some form of leadership development. However, almost a fifth say leadership is not valued or promoted within their organisation.
Ian Lawson, chief executive of The Work Foundation’s Campaign for Leadership, said: “It is encouraging that most organisations see the need for effective leadership in order to create change and gain buy-in from their people.
"Much excellent work is being done within organisations, but the survey shows that corporate heads need to devote more time and commitment to personal and top team leadership development.
"Leaders at all levels are important, but we also need more of our CEOs and company directors to recognise that leadership development, like leadership, is an ongoing process and should begin at the top."