Can better leadership help address the UK’s yawning productivity gap?
20 February 2017
Scott Chambers, CEO, 3gHR
A recent CIPD survey* concluded that whilst senior managers were effective in financial and operational management, they were far less competent in engaging and inspiring others. With the UK’s poor productivity record there is a strong case for improving performance through a more skilled and engaged workforce.
And with just 44% of employers providing formal management development, it is unsurprising that UK employees have some of the lowest engagement with their jobs in the world**.
Scott Chambers, CEO of management training experts 3gHR, believes that the responsibility to develop leadership starts at the very top of the organisation. According to Scott, “Without this a critical weakness emerges in the middle management layers. This often happens when technical experts are promoted to leadership roles.”
This creates two fundamental problems for the business.
Scott continues, “Firstly, there is a gaping hole where the most competent person in a particular function has moved their focus. Secondly, the same individual may struggle to find the capacity within themselves to achieve through other people. They are failing in the fundamental role of an effective leader.”
Businesses today operate in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world, where many organisations struggle to maintain performance and productivity. Being clear where you want to take people, and ensuring they have the capabilities needed to get there, are fundamental to business success.
In these conditions, a failure to lead effectively can derail the careers of even the most experienced business leaders. A systematic approach is needed to help every individual with responsibility for managing others to achieve a little more. Senior leaders’ careers will become more secure, and productivity and performance gaps will undoubtedly begin to close.
3gHR helps organisations address management and leadership challenges by creating the environment to learn.
For more information, visit www.3gHR.com.
*The winter 2016–17 edition of HR Outlook: Views of the profession survey report, in association with Workday
** source: ORC International