I ran across an article online today that I thought would be good fodder for further thought. This comes from Bob Wheeler at Formula4Leadership.com. Bob highlights two cultural factors in organizational leadership: structures are clearly getting flatter; and young professionals are gravitating toward smaller firms-or at least into smaller units within larger firms. When you combine this with some of the uniquenesses of the Millennial generation, there is an interesting dynamic at work. Often, younger leaders have to quickly take on team leader roles. Many times they have to lead people that are older than themselves. There can be some unique pressures and some unique training needs.
Here are Bob’s suggestions of critical leadership development areas for today’s young professionals. I would love to get some feedback on this-leave a comment below.
- Communication skills (including receiving feedback)
- Leadership styles
- A basic understanding of organizational culture and procedures
Here is a link to Bob’s blog.