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World – AESC adopts Leadership Consulting

08 June 2012

The worldwide Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) today formally announced the integration of leadership consulting services into the search industry’s scope of professional service offerings.

This adaptation acknowledges the growth in leadership consulting services offered by AESC member executive search firms and the expanded opportunity in client relationship management presented by this form of senior consulting.

AESC President, Peter Felix, commented: “Given the major challenges which client organizations face in resolving their talent management needs, it is appropriate for the executive search profession to broaden its client support and to help with a range of related issues such as talent strategy, succession planning, team assessment, executive coaching and board advisory work. I believe that for many of our member firms offering these services will enrich and deepen their client relationships and make additional contribution at the most senior levels of the organization.”

The AESC is working on a summary definition of leadership consulting, but essentially they consider it to include:

  • Human capital/talent management and leadership strategy
  • Organizational structure and development
  • Board advisory
  • Management assessment
  • Succession planning
  • Talent mapping
  • On boarding
  • Executive coaching

Of these, the most common among their members is management assessment.

The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) is the worldwide professional association for the retained executive search and leadership consulting industry. 


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