Future Leaders Remain Scarce in Workplace

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-01-2014 Email

CIOs and other top managers are often evaluated based upon their ability to develop future leaders. However, barriers loom large in these efforts, including the fact that the vast majority of workers don't want to advance to an executive role. A recent survey from CareerBuilder reveals that a great number of employees are happy in their current jobs, and many don't want to sacrifice their work-life balance for a higher-level position. Unfortunately, the road to the top is a different journey for different types of people, especially when it comes to gender and race, say the respondents. Three in 10 women, for example, say a glass ceiling exists at their organization. Ditto for three in 10 Hispanics and four in 10 African-Americans. "While most workers don't want a top job, it is important for organizational leaders to promote a culture of meritocracy in which all workers—regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation—are able to reach senior-level roles based on their skills and past contributions alone," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. To help CIOs assess the next generation of organizational influencers, we're also providing the following best practices to spot future leaders. They were adapted from various online resources, including those from McKinsey & Company and the University of California, Santa Cruz. More than 3,620 employees participated in the CareerBuilder research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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