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Firms that fast-track individuals to leadership positions and identify "rising stars" risk demotivating their employees, a study shows.
Singling out people and telling them they could be a future boss can dampen the enthusiasm among other workers and undermine their commitment to the company, according to research done by a team of academics from the Universities of Queensland, Exeter, Groningen and Rotterdam.
Succession - Planning - Companies - Research - Schemes
Succession planning is crucial for companies; however, this research shows that schemes to find the next generation of leaders can have unintended consequences for the majority of staff who are not selected.
Academics have found only telling a select few they were likely to progress to leadership has a negative impact on everyone else.
Professor - Miguel - Fonseca - University - Exeter
Professor Miguel Fonseca, from the University of Exeter, who co-authored the research, said: "It must be tempting for companies to think that telling people they are a future leader will inspire them and encourage them to do well at work. But in fact it may demotivate those not chosen, and may undermine the commitment of the many who are rejected."
In the first study, 256 participants recruited from Amazon M Turk were invited to imagine that they were working in a job and that the position of team leader was soon to be available and everyone was able to apply. Participants were divided into three groups – one was given no information about their leadership...
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