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UK organisations 'lack strategic leadership'

27 February 2013

British businesses must change to place a greater focus on leadership, according to an expert in the field.

John Adair, author of several books on leadership development, told HR magazine there is currently a potentially harmful lack of strategic leaders at the top of the UK's biggest companies.

He claimed that a "bureaucratic, administrative culture" has "crept into our organisations" over the years, while the nurturing of leadership talent has been neglected.

"The problem employers have is too many people are filling strategic leadership positions who are not leaders," Mr Adair told the magazine.

"We need a total review of what we're doing to develop tomorrow's leaders."

Mr Adair, whose published books include Leadership for Innovation and The Inspirational Leader, made his comments during an Institute of Leadership and Management event in London.

He was ranked at number ten in HR magazine's 2011 list of the most influential UK thinkers.

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