Nothing should be more important than the next generation of leaders. The future success of your business, after all, depends on the ability of your organisation to identify new people that can take on new responsibilities and inspire others.
It is, therefore, both encouraging – and concerning – that leadership development for senior managers has, for the first time, become the top priority for learning and development, according to the Corporate Learning Priorities Survey for 2012 by Henley Business School’s Corporate Development team.
The finding is encouraging because it shows that senior executives are finally recognising the importance of next-generation leadership. But concern comes from the fact that leadership development is only now rising to the top of the executive learning agenda.
The Henley research showed that 47% of respondents made leadership development their first or second priority, compared with 35% last year. As much as 71% said their number one learning priority for 2012 was to use learning and development as a tool to aid growth, up from 64% in 2011.
Henley believes the results suggest executives now see leadership development as a key to business growth. However, the recognition has little to do with economic turmoil – as much as 84% of respondents said they would be doing more or the same learning and development activity in 2012.
What do you think? Do you believe senior executives are waking up to the importance of next-generation leadership? Is grooming the next cadre of IT leaders a priority for CIOs?