The 2002 Global Leadership Survey by the Society for Human Resources Management revealed that 67% of respondents found such leaders through management recommendation, 65% use performance management, and about half said senior managers tapped their own replacements.
To best prepare them for the challenge, 57% said they brought in outside executive trainers from universities, executive education, or professional groups. Some 51% use in-house trainers while 48% give candidates temporary assignments to help them gain new skills.
Some 47% send people overseas to give them a diverse background, according to the SHRM document.
A management candidate’s geographic background also comes into place. According to the survey:
- 44% of senior managers are from the local country,
- 28% are from the country of the firm’s headquarters,
- 6% are from a third country, and
- 22% represent a mix of the local, headquarters, and third countries
The survey comprised interviews with 426 HR professionals.
SHRM®/SHRM Global Forum 2002 Global Leadership Survey
online for free to SHRM members.