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Leadership may be a characteristic highly prized in business, but according to a new survey, it is a skill sorely needed. While a technical and trade skills shortage in Australia is well-known, the lesser known need for strong leadership and management ranked second in new data from the Leadership, Employment and Direction (L.E.A.D.) Survey.

According to the survey, the skills most desperately needed are:

  1. Technical areas
  2. Leadership
  3. Sales and marketing
  4. Operations
  5. Trade skills
  6. Management
  7. Customer service
  8. Information technology
  9. Planning
  10. Administration
  11. Quality
  12. Strategy
  13. Unskilled labour
  14. Communications
  15. Logistics
  16. Process workers.

Chart: Q. In what areas or aspects of the organisation are there current skills shortages?

“We were surprised to see leadership and management skills so high on the list of shortages. It is of great concern because their skills are essential for the management of an organisation’s broad skills set. Leaders and managers clearly need to look in their own backyard too when it comes to skill development,” says Andrew Henderson, chief executive of Leadership Management Australasia.

“Leaders and managers need to take concrete action to improve their own skills through formal training and mentoring, and be willing to take on new ideas and new thinking as it relates to their leadership and management approaches.

“Equally important is the identification of and investment in leaders and managers of the future within their organisations. If today’s leaders and managers aren’t spotting and developing tomorrow’s leaders and managers, organisations will suffer a double impact form the apparent skills shortage through their lack of strategic thinking,” says Henderson.

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Important information: This content has been prepared without taking account of the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular individual. It does not constitute formal advice. For this reason, any individual should, before acting, consider the appropriateness of the information, having regard to the individual’s objectives, financial situation and needs and, if necessary, seek appropriate professional advice.

Published on: Friday, August 19, 2011

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