January 2015 —

Today’s turbulent times test the skills of leaders – the best ones know how to weather change and navigate rough economic waters. But how can you tell if your organisation has leaders with the right stuff?

A unique Leadership Gap Indicator introduced by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) eliminates the guess-work by helping organisations define the leadership characteristics essential to success and measuring how their leaders stack up.

An online tool, the Leadership Gap Indicator measures specific leadership gaps and determines how to target and spend precious development budgets.

“Having the right people in the right leadership positions can literally make or break an organisation, especially during tough times,” says Jean Leslie, CCL senior manager, new product development. “Unfortunately, most organisations don’t have a way to apply the same rigor to their talent mix that they do to other aspects of their operations. We’ve designed our new assessment tool to provide the objective data needed to make those strategic decisions.”

Any organisation using the new Leadership Gap Indicator will be able to identify the gap between the skills they have today and those they need to succeed over the long-haul. They also will have a clear view into the factors that are impeding executive success and derailing careers.

“Increasingly, CEOs are being held accountable by their boards and investors for their bench strength,” observes Rudi Plettinx, VP and Managing Director of CCL’s EMEA operation. “Redundancies, retirements and shifting market conditions add complexity. But there are three simple questions to ask and answer: who do we have, what do they need to do, and are they equipped to do it?”

“And it’s not just about what you need now,” Rudi Plettinx continues. “Our research shows that the four most important future leadership skills — leading people, strategic planning, inspiring commitment and managing change — are among the weakest in today’s lead.

About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. By leveraging the power of leadership to drive results that matter most to clients, CCL transforms individual leaders, teams, organizations and society. Our array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world's Top 5 providers of executive education by Financial Times and in the Top 10 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CCL has offices in Greensboro, NC; Colorado Springs, CO; San Diego, CA; Brussels, Belgium; Moscow, Russia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Singapore; New Delhi-NCR, India; and Shanghai, China.

Stephen Martin
Center for Creative Leadership
+1 336 286 4038
martins@ccl.org

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