Develop Leaders for Future Success

Identify, develop and manage current and future leaders

Leadership development and effectiveness remains a challenge

HR has typically filled the leadership pipeline with potential successors for specific positions or roles, but that approach can't keep up with today's uncertainty and rapidly changing skill needs. Leadership roles are going to keep changing significantly as organizations continue to transform adding a layer of complexity to establishing a leadership development program and a key set of leadership skills. 

HR leaders told us their top leadership bench strength challenges: 45% said they struggle to develop effective midlevel leaders. 39% said their branch lacks diversity. 37% said they struggle to develop effective senior leaders. 32% said their succession-management processes don't yield the right leaders at the right time.

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    This program has enhanced transparency and alignment of executives on senior leader capabilities. This has also increased performance and better outcomes in new business areas and initiatives.

    HR, Airservices Australia

    HR can develop future leaders with complementary leadership

    Leveraging existing leader partners from other areas of the business to fill critical leader capability gaps can be an effective alternative to building or buying talent. This option is defined as complementary leadership. Complementary leadership doesn't require leaders to be a perfect fit; if they fit more of the role requirements, leader partners can supply the rest. By deploying and supporting diverse teams with complementary skillsets, HR leaders can ensure they have an expansive pool of candidates they can tap into to step into a leadership role.

    Complimentary leadership incereases leaders' team's performance by up to 60%, individual performance by up to 40%, engagement by up to 48%, and skills preparedness by up to 54%

    Insights you can use

    Gartner’s leadership development research helps HR leaders identify, develop and manage current and future leaders with data-driven insights and best practices.

    Improve Leadership Bench Strength

    Shortcomings with the current and future leadership bench undermine the ability for organizations to grow, transform and innovate. HR needs a new “portfolio” approach to building leadership bench strength as digitalization complicates roles and succession plans.

    Prepare for the Future With Complementary Leadership

    HR teams struggle to anticipate and plan for future talent needs. Gartner's "complementary leadership" model partners leaders together to share responsibilities based on complementary skill sets. Discover how adopting this approach can help expand the pool of emerging leaders, , lead to more effective leadership and improve the teams' performance by 60%.

    Building Inclusive Leadership to Enable Future Success

    Only 31% of leaders promote an inclusive team environment in their organization. Discover three ways HR leadership can support a sustainable culture of inclusiveness and as a result impact leadership development and employee engagement. 

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    Senior Principal, Advisory

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    Director, Advisory

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    Senior Principal, Advisory

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