Over the past 40 years, organizations’ expectations for leaders have expanded dramatically. While the list of ideal leadership qualities continues to grow, very few organizations pause to examine whether it’s reasonable – or even possible – for one individual to bring such a breadth of skills to the job. To meet the demands of an increasingly complex business environment, HR leaders are left with a near-impossible task: develop super-human leaders who can do it all.
The latest research illustrates just how complex leadership has become, and how few leaders possess the skills to single-handedly master both relationships and results. When organizations ask for leaders who can do it all, they all but ensure there will be leadership gaps, and they run the risk of burning out their top talent. The solution? Develop a culture of shared leadership.