Leadership Challenges in the Workforce


“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan

According to Ronald Reagan, getting people to do the greatest things defines a great leader, we tend to agree, and let’s face it, there are many challenges great leaders face.

To name a few, business leaders are responsible for establishing the culture, inspiring employees, setting goals and motivating and strengthening teams as their companies grow/shrink and industries evolve. In other words – leading isn’t easy.

As a leading talent strategy-consulting firm in California, we’ve identified two common challenges that leaders frequently face today.

1. Getting their managers to provide timely feedback:

Leaders are often involved in several aspects of an organization and their tasks can vary widely on a day-to-day basis. But one thing MUST be consistent, and that is PROVIDING TIMELY FEEDBACK to employees.

A great leader is one who allocates time – just to give their employees specific, honest and constructive feedback on a regular basis.

2. Hiring managers rushing the recruitment process:

As a Business Leader, your managers and maybe even you are often pressed for time, and many companies don’t begin the hiring process until a position opens up that needs to be filled ASAP. Filling a role on a needs basis is NOT IDEAL.

When leaders rush the recruitment process they unintentionally settle on average and bad-fit talent.

A great leader knows that finding the right fit employee takes time and resources and isn’t afraid to make the investment to “hire slow, and fire fast.”

Read more about how a great leader can build a strong talent foundation.

What are challenges you’ve overcome as a leader? What are lessons learned?