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Conference Board Report Shows That Leaders Aren’t Ready

Significantly less than half of respondents to The Conference Board’s latest Global Leadership Forecast (2014/2015) shows that leaders aren’t ready for the challenges they are facing in human capital, customer relationships, innovation and operational excellence.

In The Conference Board CEO Challenge®, more than 1,000 respondents indicated that human capital remains their top challenge, with customer relationships rising in importance in the past two years. Also, operational
excellence and innovation remain vitally important for driving business growth and ensuring a sustainable future. These challenges, albeit in varying order, were the top challenges in all four regions included in the
survey: the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.*

When asked about the strategies to address the human capital challenge, 4 of the top 10 strategies CEOs selected (the full top 10 are presented in the chart at right) are focused on leadership: improve leadership
development programs, enhance the effectiveness of senior management teams, improve the effectiveness of frontline supervisors and managers, and improve succession planning.

CEOs know their organizations cannot retain highly engaged, high-performing employees without effective leaders who can manage, coach, develop, and inspire their multigenerational, globally dispersed, and tech-savvy teams. CEOs also were asked to identify the leadership attributes and behaviors most critical to success as a leader.

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