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Filling the Leadership Pipeline by Robert B Kaiser

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Introduction

Robert B. Kaiser

Kaplan DeVries Inc.

The task at the top of the human resources/organizational development and effectiveness (HR/OD&E) short list these days is ensuring a deep supply of leadership talent that is ready to step into more senior roles when called upon. There are lots of reasons why. Chief among them is that competition is fiercer today than ever before and effective leadership represents a rare source of competitive advantage. With strong leadership and a richly stocked pool of future leaders, organizations prosper and endure.

But the flow in the leadership pipeline has slowed to a trickle. The mass exodus of middle managers initiated in the 1980s by downsizing means that now there are fewer seasoned veterans available ...

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