"The Global Human Capital Study1 has a section which is called “revealing the leadership gap – future growth at risk.” The results are frightening and despite the economic slowdown of the last few years the reality of gaps in leadership pipeline still haunt many organizations. A lot of this has to do with riding the wave and ignoring the changing work environment and emerging global context in terms of its impact on the development needs of middle management. Even if we park the threat aside, there are other reasons why organizations should be investing in such programs. There is no other way of correcting the “inverse stocking of capability” where younger employees coming out of school are more adjusted to the needs of global enterprises as compared to middle and senior management. And finally, it remains the best method of telling employees that you care, and that an investment in their development, makes good business sense.