Offer Leadership Development to All Employees

 

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One question that keeps coming up in the business press is, "how can organizations effectively combat the leadership skills shortage?" APQC's 2014 leadership survey research examined this question and the survey revealed that the most promising organizational practice for minimizing leadership skills shortages is developing leadership capabilities in all employees. And, all of the best-practice organizations in APQC's Reviving Leadership Capabilities study corroborated this finding. Cardinal Health, Caterpillar, Ford Motors, Monsanto, and W. L. Gore, the best practice organizations in the study, all provide formal leadership development to all employees. At the best-practice organizations, their strong link among leadership, mission, and strategy drives the best-practice organizations to invest time and money in formally training most, if not all, employees to lead.

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