Chapter 10.

Heading Off theMidlevel Leadership Crisis:Who’s Going Take Charge?

NO MATTER HOW SEVERE the overall skilled-labor shortage may become, there is already an urgent staffing crisis facing most organizations: a gap in midlevel leadership talent and a gap in workers who would typically provide the bench strength for midlevel leadership positions. Why this leadership crisis? Four reasons:

1.   Demographics. The “prime-age” workforce—those 35- to 45-year-olds who hold most midlevel manager positions—is shrinking. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2011 their numbers will drop by more than 10 percent.

2.   Among those in the midlevel manager pool, a smaller percentage than in the past have followed the traditional ladder-climbing ...

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