Gartner: HR is struggling to develop future leaders

HR leaders are struggling to develop solid leadership talent, which may derail an organizer's larger strategies, according to a new report from Gartner, Inc. Based on a survey of 2,800 HR practitioners, Gartner found that a third surveyed struggled with developing future senior leaders and 45% struggled with filling mid-level management positions — situations that Gartner said create "leadership bench instability." Only half of surveyed CHROs felt "well-equipped" to lead their organizations into the future, problematic for companies that face a quick-changing business climate. Gartner pointed out a few issues with current succession planning, including that current planning is often based on already-existing roles, which could miss the mark for future needs. The leadership pipeline is often "homogeneous," too, Gartner noted, especially as evidence continues to show that businesses with more diverse workforces rank better in performance.

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