Managers under the spotlight as survey uncovers knowledge gaps

first_imgSenior European executives and managers will be the subject of aninvestigation into the generational differences among organisational leaders. The study – Emerging Leaders: Revolution, Evolution or Status Quo – run bythe Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) is the second phase of a globalresearch programme. Phase one looked at values and behaviour among three generations of managersand leaders, mainly in the US. Though some real differences emerged – older people are more likely to bemarried and higher up in organisational hierarchies – there were manysimilarities. Almost all the sample in phase one believed they were contributing to societyin their current jobs, trusted their organi- sation to keep its promises andbelieved that they would be developed as employees. However, the younger the respondent the stronger the belief that you shouldonly stay at an organisation for as long as it was personally useful. Youngerrespondents also believed that career advancement within a company was based onskill at office politics. The research also revealed that younger managers are also more likely toexpress difficulty in working with or managing people from older generations. CCL project leader Jennifer Deal said: “The findings of phase onereveal that many deeply held beliefs are based on myths. Values, such asrespect and ambition, seem to be the same across generations, but the way thosevalues are demonstrated may be very different.” Kim Lafferty, UK manager for CCL, said understanding the generationaldifferences could help companies and other organisations plan for succession,retain valued employees and provide the most effective training. For further details and to participate in the research project, visit thewebsite.  http://eleaders.ccl.orgBy Mike Berry Comments are closed. Managers under the spotlight as survey uncovers knowledge gapsOn 20 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more