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Executives Fear Leadership Shortage

March 11, 2012
Study: lack of potential leaders is the most pressing human resource challenge organizations expect to face in 2012.

For years, employers have complained about a lack of applicants with the necessary skills to meet modern labor demands. But it appears executives are contending with another critical employee shortage.

This time employers say they're having difficultly filling leadership roles within their organizations. The lack of potential leaders is the most pressing human resource challenge organizations expect to face in 2012, according to a survey by Right Management, the talent and career management experts within the Manpower Group.

The sluggish economic climate has hampered recruiting efforts, says Michael Haid, senior vice president of talent management for Right Management. "Lean times make it hard for organizations seeking to recruit, retain or develop future leaders," he says. "And they're keenly aware of the tough competitive environment they're in and the need to hold onto and build leadership."

When asked what they expect to be their organization's most pressing human resource challenge in 2012, survey respondents said:

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