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Thursday 3 May 2012

UK managers 'overestimating their abilities'

Three-quarters of UK businesses feel there is a lack of leadership and management skills in their organisation and too many managers have an inflated opinion of their ability to manage people, a new report has revealed.

A survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) suggested that both government and employers need to recognise that just a small increase in capability amongst the UK's eight million managers would make a "significant contribution" to productivity and growth.

More than seven in ten respondents to the Employee Outlook survey reported a deficit of leadership and management skills, with one problem in tackling this problem being that many managers are not aware of their limitations.

Eight out of ten bosses believe their staff are satisfied or very satisfied with them, but only 58 per cent of employees report this is the case.

Despite this, the survey found a clear link between employees who say they are satisfied or very satisfied with their manager and those that are engaged and willing to go the extra mile for their employer.

Ben Willmott, head of public policy at the CIPD, said that leadership and management capability continues to be an "Achilles heel" for UK plc, despite mounting evidence that these are skills for growth essentials.

"A small increase in capability across this huge population of people managers would have a significant impact on people’s engagement, wellbeing and productivity," he added.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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