UK talent nurture issue revealed

A study on Global Leadership by SHL has revealed the UK’s leaders of today are among the most effective in the world, but the potential dips when analysing the supply of talented leaders of tomorrow.

The research provides a worldwide view of leadership and its future potential. It identifies the top 25 countries based on analysis of over a million people from SHL’s global Talent Analytics database. The UK currently tops the table along with Hong Kong and Germany. Denmark, Brazil and Norway have the lowest ratings at present.

But the picture changes significantly when looking at the leaders of the future. The top of the table shows Mexico, Turkey and Egypt having the greatest source of leadership potential. Whilst the UK drops 18 places and falls out of the top 20.

‘Despite having a strong supply of leaders for today, the UK has a leadership time bomb on its hands if it doesn’t invest in learning and development to cultivate its potential leaders and remain competitive,’ said Paul Levett, chief product officer, at SHL. ‘Rising education standards and a culture of entrepreneurialism are some of the many environmental factors that are driving emerging economies such as Brazil, India, Mexico and Turkey up the rankings for future leadership potential. These nations have a huge growth opportunity if they can identify, nurture and develop this potential.’

He continues, ‘Companies need to build greater intelligence about the leadership talent within their organisations and be aware of opportunities outside their domestic markets. Understanding the supply of leadership where organisations operate is crucial for adapting leadership development and talent mobility programmes so that companies remain competitive in the global economy.’

SHL is a global provider of talent measurement. Read more about the study here.

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