We know that there is a dearth of managers, with a CMI report finding that one million are needed by 2020. This knowledge makes Penna’s research a worrying read; more than half of employees who haven’t managed before (54%), say they’ve never wanted to be a manager and nearly a quarter said they wouldn’t put their all into the role (23%).
What is causing this lack of aspiration to rise to the managerial ranks?
One area that the research uncovers is the perception gap between how well managers think they are doing versus how well employees say they are doing. If there is a mismatch between the two, which the research highlights there is, then it’s understandable why employees may not want to manage – as they don’t have existing role models they want to emulate.
 CMI research: Management 2020: https://www.managers.org.uk/~/media/Files/PDF/M2020/Management%202020%20-%20Leadership%20to%20unlock%20long-term%20growth.pdf