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A Leadership Skills Gap?

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Surveying 2,200 leaders from companies in the US, India, and Singapore, the "Understanding the Leadership Gap" study identified the four most important leadership skills for the future as leading people, planning strategically, inspiring commitment, and managing change. All four areas are weak points among today's leaders. Social media tools can also play a role in helping to develop these skills quickly. Significant advances in collaborative technologies during the last two years have made it possible to perform many of the functions of leadership through the virtual space, says Tojo Thatchenkery, director of public policy at George Mason University. The study reports that the sooner organizations can understand the reality of their leadership situation, the quicker they can adapt by refocusing leadership development efforts and rethinking recruitment priorities.

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