There's a serious yawning gap in the corporate world between what needs to get done and getting it done in the critical area of leadership. Yet although human resources executives see this elephant in the room, they say little is being done to address it.

That's one of the striking outcomes of a massive study by Deloitte entitled Global Human Capital Trends 2015. The study asked respondents to prioritize various aspects and functions of their companies in terms of importance, and then asked their opinion on how prepared their employers were to take on these challenges.

There were gaps in all the categories. But the leadership gap led the way.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.