Future female talent development

Nicky Garcea (Director of Capp, Coventry, UK)
Alex Linley (Director of Capp, Coventry, UK)
Katarzyna Mazurkiewicz (Strategic Talent Manager at Thomson Reuters, London, UK)
Trudy Bailey (Programmes Consultant at Capp, Coventry, UK)

Strategic HR Review

ISSN: 1475-4398

Publication date: 15 June 2012



This article sets out to highlight some of the positive outcomes in the development of rising female leaders. Latest research shows that organizations and women need to be aware of the challenges hindering the realization of female talent. The article provides an overview of how the strengths approach can help address these challenges through its integration into future female leader development programs. It also presents a pilot case study of strengths‐based development from Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.


Thomson Reuters explored using the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology's (Capp) 3S‐P model of talent development in relation to the development of female leaders. The 3S‐P model looks at the effect that working on strengths, strategy and situation has on performance. As part of this exploration, Capp's 4M model of strengths development was also used in a coaching and development environment to help delegates align their strengths to their organizational objectives.


The pilot, which was targeted at emerging female future leaders, showed that the strengths‐based “Women in Leadership” program at Thomson Reuters was just as effective for delegates who received the program face‐to‐face as those who received the training virtually, and demonstrated that strengths awareness had an impact on their capacity to deliver their goals and ability to influence.

Practical implications

Strengths‐based emerging female leadership development provides an effective and reliable methodology for developing talent at this level and helps ensure that future female leaders can align their unique strengths profile to their goals and career aspirations.


Thomson Reuters is the first organization to take an explicit strengths‐based approach to the development of its rising female leaders. It is also one of the few organizations to maximize the use of virtual technology in order to develop women at this level in locations around the world. This approach is consistent with the organization's commitment to developing future leaders who demonstrate global mind set and embrace technology to effectively communicate and influence virtually.



Garcea, N., Linley, A., Mazurkiewicz, K. and Bailey, T. (2012), "Future female talent development", Strategic HR Review, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 199-204. https://doi.org/10.1108/14754391211234913

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