Yes. Agreed. There is a dearth of qualified leaders, and for many reasons, as Trapp details.
That a debate even exists around the need for leadership development is also interesting. Anybody who is in a leadership role is always cultivating talent among direct reports. That’s what it means to be a leader. It is the crucial leadership skill. It’s also an endemic weakness. Why?
But here’s the reality: charisma, deft political skills, industry expertise — all the stuff of Hollywood leadership — does not create successful organizations, at least not organizations that can sustain success. Organizational success is mostly attributable to the capability to adapt to opportunities in unknowable future states.
There are a few reasons why leaders don’t lead this way, but the primary one, I believe, is that creating such conditions in which people can drive innovation (aka, developing people) requires vision. And, as we know, humans are hard-wired to focus on the short–term.