Addressing the Challenge of Developing Ready-Now Leaders - FranklinCovey Philippines

Addressing the Challenge of Developing Ready-Now Leaders


  • Today, leadership development needs are evolving at an unprecedented pace. This rapid evolution has brought forth new challenges for organizations and their leaders, both current and emerging.



    At the 2018 People Manager’s Association of the Philippines (PMAP) Annual Conference, 385 participants assessed some of the commonly identified development areas of organizations from specific perspectives1. These organizational development areas included Career Development, Culture Change, and Developing Ready-Now Leaders. In 2018, participants reported that Developing Ready-Now Leaders was both the top-most priority of Management and the biggest challenge facing organizations. This aligned directly with the global findings in recent Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends reports2.




    Revisiting the Challenge

    At the more recent 2019 People Manager’s Association of the Philippines (PMAP) Annual Conference, we again engaged with participants to further understand the challenge of Developing Ready-Now Leaders. We were keen to hear what specific areas of leadership have proven to be the most challenging to develop in the Philippine context. We asked participants to consider five specific dimensions of leadership3:

    • Big Picture and Strategic Thinking
    • Executing and Moving to Action
    • Adapting and Leading Amidst Change
    • Coaching and Giving Feedback
    • Delegation and Motivating Teams



    The Results

    Considering these five dimensions, 498 participants reported the following:



    We are excited to share this brief report with you, following the 2019 PMAP Annual Convention. In the following series of seven articles, we will outline for you, some of our findings from PMAP 2019 and related principles and practices from our own experience and solutions.

    We invite you to consider your own experiences and aspirations for your own teams, and engage with us if you find inspiration in embarking on a journey to develop great new leaders together.







    1. In the People Manager’s Association of the Philippines Annual Convention 2018:
    Eight common organizational development areas were identified from global and local research and client engagements. These were:

    • Career Development
    • Coaching
    • Culture Change
    • Developing Ready-Now Leaders
    • Employee Engagement
    • Sustainable Impact
    • Values Integration
    • Work-Life Balance

    Participants were asked to assess these and identify priority areas from the perspectives of being:

    • The greatest need of the organization
    • The highest priority of management
    • The most important to employees
    • The greatest strength of the organization
    • The most exciting


    2. The annual Global Human Capital Trends report from Deloitte has, from 2015 to 2019, identified effective leadership development as a priority development area in organizations. Each year, respondents have identified how not having enough ready-now leaders and, recently, future-ready leaders, is one of the top-most, if not the number one challenge facing their organizations.


    3. In the People Manager’s Association of the Philippines Annual Convention 2019:
    Respondents were asked to identify the top (1, 2, or 3) challenges and development areas in relation to the development of Ready-Now Leaders. The selection of development areas was taken and aggregated from FranklinCovey survey data collected in 2016, where:

    • Leaders were asked to identify the top challenges leaders say they face
    • C-level business leaders were asked to identify the qualities/ capabilities they wanted in leaders

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