Talent development essential for supply chain leaders

Recruiting raw talent is ‘extremely challenging’

Supply chain leaders have gained an ever-stronger position in the world of business over recent years. Talent development can make an important contribution to the execution of their supply chain strategies, but not all leaders pay the same amount of attention to this topic. Here, a number of leading companies show that it is possible to take a structural and creative approach to talent development.

Life’s as a chief supply chain officer (CSCO) is not always easy. In addition to being responsible for manufacturing and logistics, a CSCO also has to ensure alignment with internal departments such as Sales and Marketing, and with external partners such as customers and suppliers. That calls for various different skill sets, states Carlos Cordon, Professor of Strategy and Supply Chain Management at the IMD Business School in Lausanne. “Managing factories and warehouses with a lot of employees demands leadership skills focused on routine, whereas connecting departments and supply chain partners actually requires creativity. It’s difficult to find leaders with skills in both those areas. You need a kind of Superman or Wonder Woman.”

This article was first published in Supply Chain Magazine February 2016 and is now brought to you by IMD Business School.

Download: Management Article Talent Development – 2016

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