84% of Companies Report Renewed Focus on Leadership Development, According to CARA Survey
Current critical leadership skills gap has businesses increasing investment in leadership development programs
CHICAGO, IL — Fortune 1000 companies do not have enough leaders coming up through the ranks to fill open and future leadership positions, according to a survey by The CARA Group, Inc., a human performance consulting firm that partners with clients to create customized learning initiatives, including leadership development programs. To remedy the current lack of leadership skills and limited talent pipeline, caused in part by recession cuts to critical leadership programs, the survey reveals there is an emerging renewed commitment to leadership development among companies of all sizes.
The CARA survey, “The Rising Risk of a Double-Dip Leadership Crisis: A Pulse Survey on Exploring the Increased Focus on Leadership Development,” also explores how businesses are currently investing in leadership development, where they focus their resources and what critical gaps are emerging in leadership talent. Leadership, organizational development and training executives from Fortune 1000 companies participated in the survey.
CARA Senior Vice President Jane Ehrenstrom said, “The survey results are very promising in that organizations report they are taking necessary steps to quickly correct the current leadership skills gap. We are seeing firsthand that businesses understand the potential consequences of not developing high potential leadership talent. They are meeting the challenge with innovative programs to help cultivate the leaders needed to competitively drive their organizations into the future.”
Key findings of the 2012 CARA survey include:
Michelle Reid-Powell, Vice President of Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness for CARA, said, “The survey revealed the need to significantly improve the quality of leadership development programs. Best practices from our client work indicate several ways to improve these programs, including elevating leadership as a differentiator in a company’s strategic plan, aligning leadership development programs with business objectives and strategic business vision, and creating formal mentoring programs. I expect that we’ll see these best practices implemented more widely as companies continue to expand their leadership development programs.”
CARA surveyed a diverse group of industries in the Fortune 1000, with the highest percentage representing the healthcare, insurance, pharmaceuticals and biotech, financial services and telecommunications industries. Companies who participated in the survey ranged from mid-sized companies to global enterprises exceeding $40 billion in revenue, and with employees ranging from less than 1,000 to more than 50,000.
For a copy of the report, please visit: http://www.caracorp.com/CARA-Pulse-Survey-Report-Q3-2012.php. Click hereto request a printed edition of the survey report.
The CARA Group, Inc. is a human performance consulting firm specializing in custom learning, change management and technical communication services for Fortune 500 organizations. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, CARA’s mission is to help our clients achieve their business objectives by first understanding key issues and challenges, and then leveraging the skills and competencies of our consultants. CARA’s talented consultants design, develop and implement solutions that directly contribute to our client organizations’ productivity and growth.
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