A recent study - “The Future of Jobs” - from The World Economic Forum (WEF), reveals that over half the global workforce will require significant up-skilling and re-skilling by 2024. This is unsurprising, given the rapid rate of technological and business change. Yet, viewing these findings alongside Harvard Business Publishing’s “2018 State of Leadership Development” report – which found that 80% of both L&D and business leaders believe organisations need more innovation in their approach to talent development.
‘Fake news’ – probably the key phrase of 2017 – has re-emphasised the need for ‘authenticity’ at all levels of society. This includes the world of work. Yet strategic authenticity isn’t always a desirable trait in a manager, especially if their natural behaviour is unpleasant. So says Stefan Stern, visiting professor of management practice at Cass Business School, a business journalist and a former Financial Times (FT) management columnist.