Reflexion Associates is centre for the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), which means that we have gone through the rigourous process to deliver accredited qualifications with their quality standard.
We were delighted when they contacted us about their recent Talent Pipeline research and asked if our founder, Jenny Garrett would be willing to share her experience by providing an essential survival tip for managers. She chose ‘reflection’ – you can view the video here. It’s a 3 minute video with 4 experts sharing management survival tips, that you might want to share with colleagues and clients.
ILM research reveals 9 out of 10 firms think a lack of leadership and management skills is harming their business
- 93% expressed concern that low levels of management skills are having a negative impact on their business
- 43% do not have a talent plan in place to ensure future supply of leaders and managers
- Fewer than 1 in 5 employers expect managers to have received training prior to promotion
The findings also revealed a shortage of ‘softer’ leadership and management skills as a particular challenge facing UK employers, with organisations consistently struggling to find managers – at every level – who are emotionally intelligent, inspirational and creative.
The shortfall in these areas is particularly pronounced at first line management level: whilst first line managers perform particularly well on technical and functional skills (which the survey identifies as the main factor determining their appointment), almost half (49%) of respondents said it was hard to find first line managers who were entrepreneurial and 39% admitted it was hard to find ‘emotionally intelligent’ managers at this level. UK companies therefore risk ending up with teams led by ‘expert novices’ – managers with excellent technical capability but lacking management capability or leadership potential, and, moreover, ill-prepared for the demands of more senior roles as technical and functional skills recede in importance.
Charles Elvin, chief executive of the Institute of Leadership & Management, says: “The clear link between management and leadership capability and productivity means that organisations should be fully focused on developing managers not just for their current role, but for the future goal of their organisation. The UK needs to address the current shortage of management and leadership skills revealed in this survey in order to compete on the international stage.
“Now more than ever, businesses should be investing in leadership and management development at all levels to ensure strong business performance and effectiveness. They need to consider the personal qualities of managers as well as their technical skills, helping them become more innovative, inspirational and emotionally intelligent in order to prepare them for the demands of 21st century leadership.
“Developing leadership capability at all levels enables organisations to promote from within instead of relying on external recruitment, which can be expensive and risky. Businesses with strong internal talent plans can also reap the benefits of improved company culture and employee loyalty.”
ILM’s recommendations include:
- Create a talent plan – this enables the introduction of essential skills development prior to being appointed to a management position
- Develop the right skills – the research identified three key skills required at all levels of management: communication, people management and organisation and planning
- Consider personal qualities – inspirational, emotionally intelligent, creative and innovative were all identified as characteristics lacking yet crucial to driving growth
- Technical skills matter, but should not be over-valued – these skills are important, but are not an indicator of management capability or leadership potential
Full research information can be accessed here
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