According to the research, 52 percent of CXOs and 61 percent of CXOWs believe they may not have enough bold leaders in the higher ranks of their company. And the pool of future bold leadership also appears less-than-adequate, as only 44 percent of CXOs and 36 percent of CXOWs say their rising executives demonstrate bold leadership most of the time. When it comes to recruiting, too, 54 percent of CXOs and 67 percent of CXOWs say they are not emphasizing bold leadership skills in recruitment.
"Part of bold leadership is understanding that you learn many of these skills by doing. You have to take some risks and encourage people to take on leadership roles and responsibilities, sometimes before they believe they're ready. That means assessing them for potential, and then giving them on-the-job training, coaching and support to create the leadership you need so you don't have this pipeline problem," Bersin says.
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