Essay The Challenge of Developing Successful Leaders

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Obtaining and developing effective leaders in an organization remains an ever-present concern for the success of the organization, and it is inevitable that current leaders will retire, become promoted, or potentially make a decision to accept a position at another company. Many organizations fail to cultivate the human resources that they already have because; they are unaware of their employees’ potential, they have not implemented a program for mentoring and development, or they may not have the funds to invest in training and development to further their employees’ capabilities. The Society for Human Resources relates that “developing the next generation of corporate leaders” is one of the major concerns of the majority
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Human resource managers have “honed their skills” and focused on developing competencies that assist companies in not only the tasks of “recruiting” employees, but developing the positions and personnel that will ensure the success of the organization (McKee & Wortham, 2013). Strategic Human Resources Management involves not only being a leader, but also the development of leaders (McKee & Wortham, 2013). “Engaging” employees has become key, and not only do HR professionals need to continue to be savvy in their ever changing “technological” climate; they need to become more diverse (McKee & Wortham, 2013). The main purpose of the article is to reinforce the importance of continued learning and development for employees, and especially for human resource professionals that will enable them to best assist in the management of their organizations “strategy and design,” and to advise their leaders in this ever-changing “global and culturally diverse workforce” through continued “technical, cognitive, and emotional intelligence” development (McKee & Wortham, 2013).
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In the article The Sophistication of human resources: the learning leader’s
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