"New research released today by the Centre for Workplace Leadership shows that disruptive technologies and innovation will largely depend on the capability of our leadership and employee engagement levels in order to sustain and grow our competitiveness," Australian Industry Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said today.
"This important new management research, The Study of Australian Leadership, captures data from over 8000 respondents and provides much-needed new information on the key issues for leaders and managers. It looks at the ability of leaders to respond to emerging challenges in workplace environments facing disruption from new technologies and other forces. It also examines how differences in business performance levels reflect individual leaders' capabilities and practices.
"The research suggests that there is plenty of room for improvement amongst Australian organisations. It provides further evidence to support the barriers to effective leadership identified in Ai Group's 2015 policy paper, Addressing Enterprise Leadership in Australia. Detailed in the Paper, these barriers include:
- Existing levels of leadership capability;
- Organisational cultures focussing on the short term rather than changes to support new ways of working, and the development of an organisation's people; and
- Limited consideration in current individual leadership development frameworks of the collective leadership capability needed to meet an organisation's business goals.
"This new research further strengthens the need to address this important policy area. Ai Group is working with all sectors to address the above barriers to ensure Australian businesses have the strategies they need to build leadership capability and increase global competitiveness," Mr Willox said.
The Study of Australian Leadership: http://go.aigroup.com.au/c4
Addressing Enterprise Leadership in Australia: http://go.aigroup.com.au/c5
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