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Nearly half of companies (47 per cent) are failing to offer leadership development programmes specifically for members of the HR function, according to a new study of executives conducted by global leadership and talent consultancy Korn Ferry.

The findings, based on a global survey of more than 700 executives, paints a less than glowing picture of leadership development opportunities for those in the human resources field. Of the businesses that do offer leadership development programmes for members of the HR function, two-thirds (66 per cent) say the programme is not as rigorous as it is for other functions within the organisation, and more than half (58 per cent) do not believe their senior HR leaders receive the necessary development opportunities to perform optimally in their roles.

“This is the perennial problem of the cobbler’s children having no shoes,” said Korn Ferry Senior Client Partner Arvinder Dhesi. “As the HR function continues to become more complex and entrenched in the strategic aspects of the business, it is critical that HR leaders are offered key development opportunities to help them succeed.” Nearly half of respondents (48 per cent) to the survey said members of the HR function are not considered for programmes designed for those with high potential and 58 per cent said their business had no succession plan for the CHRO.

“Progressive organisations realise that HR leaders are core to the success of the business and offer them tailored development programmes to help them expand their capabilities,” said Ellie Filler, Senior Client Partner & Managing Partner of the Human Resources practice at Korn Ferry. “We find that a mix of ongoing development offerings, such as business simulation assessments, development programs and 1:1 coaching, help prepare HR professionals for challenges they face now and into the future.”

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