The Future of Talent Management: Key Findings Part 13

October 29th, 2012 by Sarah Green Leave a reply »

Organisations encourage their Leaders to be authentic and unique whilst acting in line with the organisational norms and values.

Here is the next part of this series of blogs summarising our 2012 findings into the Future of Talent Management.

Our research suggests that Leaders are encouraged to be authentic and unique. For example, 77% of Leaders said they are encouraged to be their own person and lead with their own unique style and 74% said that they are encouraged to be authentic. 65% of the respondents also recognised that the organisation positively encourages their people be open and to contribute their ideas to the TM strategy.

However at the same time, Leaders are encouraged to conform to the organisational norms and values, according to 72% of respondents. This was supported by the qualitative analysis where a key theme associated with exceptional leadership was living the organisational values. The implications of these results might be that whilst Leaders are encouraged to put forward ideas, only those ideas that support the organisational way or even promote the status quo are likely to be considered. As a result, organisations may be sending out mixed messages regarding conformity and embracing diversity, thus making it difficult for individuals to know what they need to be demonstrating in order to succeed.

This finding contradicts the research on authentic leadership which states that “leadership is not about getting loyal subordinates to follow them. The key to a successful organisation is having empowered leaders at all levels, including those who have no direct reports” George et al., 2007, page 7.

Look out next week for Part 14: Organisations encourage individuals to play to their strengths.

For further information please contact: Dr Amanda Potter 01737 555 862. Reference: Talent Management. Copyright © 2012 Zircon Management Consulting Limited. All rights reserved

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