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Leadership development leaps into top priority for UK firms

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The UK Human Capital Trends 2014 by Deloitte showed that leadership is closely followed by retention and engagement (with a 70 per cent on the Importance Index), global HR and talent management (68 per cent).

The study also indicated that UK organisations face larger capability gaps when it comes to the top five talent and leadership priority issues, specifically lagging behind in the global comparison when it comes to addressing the issues of reskilling the HR function and implementing talent analytics. 

David Parry, head of Deloitte UK’s human capital practice, said: “Developing leaders is one of HR’s most important function.

“Sadly, however, while leadership is listed as the top priority for UK organisations (74 per cent on the Importance Index) the readiness to address this issue remains low (only 43 per cent on the Readiness Index).

There is a ticking time bomb aspect to this trend, as there is strong evidence to suggest that Millennials are not being sufficiently engaged and developed as future leaders and pathways to leadership for all employees aren’t clearly defined.”

According to the study, HR is increasingly seen as a ‘business contribution’, a role that demands deeper skills in data and analytics and broader consulting capabilities.

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