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Leadership expert Roselinde Torres examines why even promising leaders are struggling despite intensive development programs and coaching. After studying leadership practices in a variety of organizations around the world, Torres identifies three essential questions for modern leaders. getAbstract suggests that answering them may prepare you to take on today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.

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Roselinde Torres is a leadership consultant for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

 

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Most people cling to the image of the omniscient, heroic leader. But this is a figure of the past. Similarly, leadership development programs look backward rather than focusing on present or future needs. A study of these programs in 4,000 companies showed that 58% didn’t groom enough leaders to fill key roles. What’s more, several negative themes have emerged in today’s leadership preparation. Take these common scenarios: Promising, ambitious leaders assume positions in a new division and flounder; CEOs of firms renowned for strong leaders find that most of them aren’t capable of heading top initiatives; seasoned leadership...


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