According to the DDI Global Leadership Forecast 2014/2015, two of the most critical skills for leaders in the future are:
– Managing and successfully introducing change
– Coaching and developing others
The DDI study identifies human capital as the top CEO challenge. Within the top 10 strategies selected for focus by CEOs, four involved leadership capability. Only 27% of leaders felt “very prepared to be the kind of leader that creates an optimal workplace where employees deliver their best.” A mere 9% of HR leaders indicated that their leaders were ‘very ready’ to address the human capital challenge.
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By Dr Hilary Armstrong, in Roffey, S (Ed) Positive Relationships: Evidence Based Practice across the World (2011)
Leadership in the context of contemporary management culture is something widely talked about yet poorly understood. The current view of leadership, limited by the prevalent individualism of contemporary life, is to that of a heroic human being single-handedly overcoming adversity. But organisational leadership is more than this. In fact, in the study we report on here, the goals that aspiring leaders name position leadership as a relational activity embedded in emotional intelligence and social intelligence. The study we draw on in this chapter is a five year study into how "spirited" leadership is produced through organisational coaching.