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IT Management Slideshow: Corporate Leadership Gap Looms Large

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-07-2011
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Top employer concerns (percent respondents):

Talent retention (31%)Business strategy execution (18%)Employee engagement (16%)

With the Great Recession subsiding, organizations could be headed for a leadership gap as they seek to ramp up growth. CIOs and other corporate leaders are expected to meet business goals, attain profit targets and retain top talent. But, very few employers feel that their top executives are performing any of these roles particularly well, according to a recent survey from human resources consulting firm Aon Hewitt. This comes at a critical time, the survey reveals, given that the majority of businesses are now focusing on revitalizing talent recruitment and retention efforts. "As we emerge from one of the worst recessions in history, company executives must develop new leadership skills in order to improve workforce productivity and stimulate engagement," said Amy Mills, vice president with Aon Hewitt. "They also must invest in developing middle managers who can bridge the gap between leadership strategy and employee actions, and are best positioned to effect change. In fact, our survey shows a crisis in confidence that corporate leaders will be able to reposition their companies for profitable growth and create an engaging work environment." The research also demonstrates that employers aren't happy with the commitment level of the workforce in general. More than 1,320 U.S. employers took part in the survey. Here are 11 highlights from the report:

 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
 
 

 

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