If you are currently serving in a leadership role, you are a human resources professional, or you are anyone looking to grow in your leadership abilities this post is for you.


Leaders solve problems, plain and simple. There can be no resolution to a problem without first problem identification. Even then identification of a problem is not enough, we must bring viable solutions to the table.

K6 Leadership is about providing expert solutions from the top minds in leadership, personal transformation and business today. In this post we will take a look at five very relevant challenges facing leaders in the market place today.

I ran across this excellent article by Meghan Biro on Forbes.com. I have included some highlights for your convenience.

Let’s get started:


Take a look at this 2012 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey, Challenges Facing HR Over the Next 10 Years, and ‘developing leaders’ takes the number two spot of concerns HR must address as identified by 52 percent of respondents. This is a big jump from the 2010 survey, in which a mere 29 percent of respondents named leadership development a pressing HR challenge. In business, as in the rest of life, leadership skills are critical now more than ever.

Taking the number one spot in the SHRM survey with 60 percent of respondents is ‘retaining and rewarding the best employees’. This makes sense as a lead-in, since I’d argue the best employees are leaders – people leaders, management leaders, creative leaders, technical leaders or sales leaders. We need to fill the leadership gap, and fast.

Let’s look at the top five challenges to developing leaders and think a bit about how to address them. Here are five must haves for every leader – let’s start a revolution right now:

1)   Invest in leadership development. Whether you believe leaders are born or made, companies still need to invest in their best employees to develop and sustain leadership qualities. Real leadership training involves exposing your best employees to an immersive leadership environment… it’s a form of long-term planning: build the best team you can, then invest to make them better. Your people will recognize the investment in them, and both the business and the individual will reap the rewards.

2)   Create a culture of collaboration.

3)   Develop communications skills. This is part of developing a company culture: you need to set the bar high for communications skills, give people training where they come up short…

4)   Drive and sustain real accountability.

5)   Be human and reward emotional intelligence.

Finally, Leaders and HR people must act now to advocate for employees of all levels – we too must be leaders.

Remember, we talked about leadership is solving challenges! Here ya go:

Great “get started” resources:

To invest in leadership development – LLRC Incremental ongoing development

To create a culture of collaboration – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

To develop communications skills – Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader

To drive and sustain real accountability – Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior

To be human and reward emotional intelligence – Employee Engagement 2.0: How to Motivate Your Team for High Performance (A Real-World Guide for Busy Managers)

Now that you are fully equipped to intelligently and effectively begin meeting the top leadership challenges in your organization head on, it’s time to LEAD!

Now that you’ve read read about the challenges SHRM found, it’s your turn. What are some of the challenges you see in your organization? What actions have you or your team have taken to meet them? Leave a comment below and share.

To Your Success!


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For a more detailed look at each of these challenges, check out the article 5 Great Challenges Ahead For HR And Leaders.

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