Planning ahead for next-gen leaders

Planning ahead for next-gen leaders
Such programs would have space for some inner work where people have an opportunity to develop greater self-awareness, then the program should have space for understanding the many skills that go into becoming a better leader. And third a process that helps them develop these skills over time.

What are the likely challenges that an organization encounters in building its future leadership pipeline?

SL There are three challenges that an organization encounters in developing its leadership pipeline.

The first is that you need a long term planning horizon, because leadership does not develop overnight. It takes many years to grow leaders and that needs a long term perspective. It is getting harder and harder to have such a long term perspective because most organizations are focused on managing the immediate and urgent.

Second, if you do that, and develop great processes for developing good leaders – the way the Tata Administrative Services did, or the way GE does, you do become the poaching ground for everyone else. So you will lose many of the leaders you develop to other organizations. And you have to be okay with that.

Third, the aspirations of the people you...

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Dr. Shalini Lal

an organisational thought leader and an advisor to leading Indian Organisations, has over two decades of experience working in both Indian and global organisations in senior roles like Escorts Agri and Deustche Bank. She is Founder of Unqbe-an education and advisory firm around the Future of Work.
She is a PhD in Org. Science (UCLA), an MBA (IIM-A) having also penned down a book, 'The Secret Life of Organisations' (Hachette, 2019), specially meant for the young professional entering the workplace.

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Dr. Shalini Lal

an organisational thought leader and an advisor to leading Indian Organisations, has over two decades of experience working in both Indian and global organisations in senior roles like Escorts Agri and Deustche Bank. She is Founder of Unqbe-an education and advisory firm around the Future of Work.
She is a PhD in Org. Science (UCLA), an MBA (IIM-A) having also penned down a book, 'The Secret Life of Organisations' (Hachette, 2019), specially meant for the young professional entering the workplace.

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