The chief of leadership development: Preparing today’s leaders for tomorrow’s challenges

By Stephen F. Young, Jean Leslie, Ramya Balakrishnan
Center for Creative Leadership

Brad Winn
Utah State University


This article presents an evidence-based framework for understanding leaders’ challenges across organizational levels. Machine learning text analysis of comments from over 34,000 leaders resulted in three overarching challenges leaders say they face: (1) personal growth, (2) people and task demands, and (3) working in a larger system. The authors address how CHROs can use this framework increase leadership development ROI.


Young, S. F., Leslie, J. B., Balakrishnan, R. & Winn, B. (2021). The Chief of Leadership Development: Preparing Today’s Leaders for Tomorrow’s Challenges. People & Strategy, 44 (2), p. 52-56. 

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