Developing Young Leaders: Great Potential, Significant Gaps

I came across this post on the Center for Creative Leadership’s blog, Leading Effectively, today describing a recent poll conducted by their staff.  Regardless of your thoughts on the poll and its results, it’s interesting to take the perspective of other and consider their ideas, experiences and concerns.  

 

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29 Responses to Developing Young Leaders: Great Potential, Significant Gaps

  1. Ethan Brown says:

    I believe that young people today are positioned fairly well to take over leadership roles in the workforce. Though many have said that young people lack a sense of entitlement they also bring about a new life poised around many new issues. As young people we should take note of all criticism that is being laid upon us as leaders and attempt to fix these so that we may further grow into the leaders that the world demands of us. By doing this we may end all doubts that we are capable of taking over positions of leadership and begin to assume these roles.

  2. Emily Hucks says:

    The younger generation is better prepared to lead then the generation that is before us. One reason that we are better leaders is because we are able to look at leaders in the generation before us, and learn from their mistakes and change our leadership styles to better lead our followers. Even though they raised concerns that are a problem for today’s youth leaders, there is always a way to get around that part of it. You can make the youth leaders actually participate, and have face to face communication.

  3. Rachel E says:

    I think what sets our generation apart from others really is exactly what the mention: “(1) comfort and skill with technology (2) creativity and fresh ideas, (3) global awareness and tolerance, and (4) adaptability.” The aspect that really stands out to me is the global awareness and tolerance because a lot of people, not just this article agree that our generation is very tolerant of things that really were not tolerated before. This is a step forward for the world because of the younger generation’s tolerance.

  4. Kristen Fisher says:

    I believe that our generation is very different than the other generations. Not only do we have different skills and technology that can be used in leadership, we have seen experience of good and bad leadership. I feel like the younger generation has seen and experienced so much of both that along with our new adapted skills and technological advances that we can make a difference and impact on the world today.

  5. Anna Lehman says:

    I agree with what Emily said, the younger generation is able to lead better because we are able to look at those before us and change and grow to become even better. Along with learning from leaders before us, the younger generations are being exposed to experiences that will put them far ahead in technology and new ideas. It is important that we start educating young students to be better leaders. Just from being in the one leadership class this fall I have learned a lot. If we start to educate the younger generations to have strong work ethics, good communication skills, good decision making skills, and more learning opportunities then all of the concerns of the leaders now would vanish. Educating well rounded leaders is the best solution for any concern of leaders now.

  6. Riley St. Pierre says:

    I think this article hit it right on the dot as far as talking about what makes our generation so prepared for the workforce. However, I would argue that for the most part our generation DOES have a work ethic and DOES have good decision making skills. I do think there needs to be more leadership opportunities for younger people because those types of opportunities just don’t exist until late high school or college. I think the younger generation will almost always be better than the older generation at nearly everything, especially leadership. We evolve and change and humans as a race get smarter yet we are never satisfied. That being said, our expectations of leadership will never truly be met and there will always be room for impovement, especially as a new generation comes up. Like I said though, more leadership opportunities do need to be developed to lessen the gap between what is expected of leaders and how people actually lead.

  7. Courtney says:

    I thought this article was quite interesting. My first read through got me thinking that “wow, I fit all the criteria, pros and cons. I could do this.” But then I took a different look at it and although not everyone is going to have competency in technology, or great new ideas, they make not struggle with decision making or confidence. I think that the CCL brings up a good point there is a need for change in leadership training at a young age but I also think that there have to be some people who aren’t trying to be new an innovative because they realize what we are doing now works, and the combination of pros and cons of many different individuals in the work force creates an effective combination.

  8. Jacob Clore says:

    I definitely have to agree with the point made regarding face to face communication. While our generation is skilled in the use of technology and knows more about the world around us, we cannot have a simple conversation with the person right next to us. That is a scary thought. In order to become good leaders, shouldn’t we know how to communicate with our followers in person? I also think that leadership should be required in middle schools and high schools. Even just a semester of a leadership course would make a big difference on our youth today. Maybe society should question how far we should let technology take us.

  9. Sam Weber says:

    I agree with Riley that the younger generation does have work ethic even though the leadership panel in the article thought otherwise. It may seem to older generations that those coming after them are always less hard working than they were, but I believe this is not the case. Whatever conceptions the older generations had, I believe the younger generation to be just as hard working as previous generations. This work ethic combined with the other skills mentioned in the article will make the younger generation more prepared for the work environment and to take on leadership roles

  10. Morgan Carson says:

    I do agree with most of what the article has to say. The lacking of “face-to-face communication” is something I have heard my father talk about many times when looking for new and young employees to hire. However, I feel like that does not apply to the residents of PY. Every person I have met is so welcoming and kind, which leads me to believe our generation of leaders coming out of the RLC can change that. The technological skills we possess truly demonstrate a more talented and upcoming generation of leaders. Between social media sites and gaming, most children know how to work the machinery from a young age, which is just another trait that goes unrecognized by most employers.

    • Cat Hauser says:

      I agree with Morgan when she does not agree with the “face-to-face” argument. I think that is an incorrect generalization made about some kids who lack that ability. I know that for most of my friends and myself, we are completely comfortable talking to anyone, adult or student, about anything and have to ability to communicate well and act in a mature manner.

  11. Allyson True says:

    I think the top 4 “excitements” of this article were fairly accurate, especially the skill with technology. Technology is improving at a rapid pace and it will only get better. The young people in the workforce have grown up with this and can easily navigate technology. Of the concerns, I think I agree with the previous posts in that we don’t really lack the face-to-face communication. Just because we have grown up with social networking like facebook doesn’t mean we never talk to people. Everyday in school we interact with others, classmates and teachers, and are constantly communicating with others. Our skills may not be what earlier generations possessed but I do not think they are lacking. I like the idea of having leadership as part of regular education. Even if a student doesn’t want to go on and be the next president, leadership development can only help them in their lives.

  12. Macy Kinder says:

    Even though the panel in the article believes that the young generation doesn’t have strong work ethic, I believe that today’s youth are becoming the strong leaders of tomorrow. Each new generation is more prepared and more qualified to lead than the generation before. This is because each newer generation learns from the previous one’s successes and failures. There is a lack of face-to-face communication today due to the use of technology but that shouldn’t make a leader any less effective. If someone is going to be a good leader then that person will find a way to lead even from a bit of a distance.

  13. kelsey edmonds says:

    After reading this article, I believe many of the points were spot on. The younger generation definitely has many innovative ideas, knowledge of technology, and are learning from the mistakes of our predecessars. With all of this together, I believe America has a very promising future. The one thing I did not agree with in this article was that the younger generation lacked strong work ethic. Maybe I have been sheltered most of my life, but the only way I would describe my colleagues is being driven. I believe we all realize how tough the job market is these days and in order to successful, the only thing you can do is give it your all and try your best. However, the points I did agree with in the article were that the younger generation has a lack of face-to-face communication and we are often entitled to things. There are DEFINITELY exceptions to this but the majority of individuals in our generation have this weakness. I can even identify it with myself. I have become so used to social media and texting that I often get extremely nervous when asked to do face-to-face interviews or make phone calls with people I do not feel comfortable around. Also, I believe entitlement is often associated with social class. People that were born into wealthy families expect to live in a big house, have nice things, get a high-paying job, etc. However, this is not the outlook our generation should have if we want to be successful and have promising leaders in the future.

  14. Carly Scullin says:

    I think this article is correct with the four things that are exciting about this generation, and I also think it is correct with the issue that people are now less comfortable having face to face conversations. Today most people just text or email if they need to communicate with someone. I think this does affect how people will lead in the future because leaders may become uncomfortable talking to followers or making plans with other leaders. I do think it is important to offer leadership classes to younger students so these issues are made known, and can be fixed for the future.

  15. Francisco Gabitan says:

    To prepare the younger generation for leadership, we must do two things. First, we must guide them at youth and expose them to all types of knowledge and studies which range from all the available subjects in the world. Two, we must allow them to discover for themselves what it is they’re passionate about them and support that passion. Everything else will work naturally, because forcing people to do something they don’t want instead of something they are passionate about will not only deter them from being leaders, it’s also a cause of decay for society because that person won’t be happy.

  16. Andrew says:

    Younger generations work hard, and it upsets me when older people talk down to us in such a condescending tone, we are the leaders of tomorrow and we are preparing ourselves by working ‘hard’ and learning all we can, maybe we could accomplish more if we didn’t have to spend so much time explaining to older generations how to turn on their cell phones when a three year old is very capable of such a task; so maybe we are working smarter instead of harder!

  17. Dixon Holland says:

    I feel as though the older generation has been prepareing our younger generation to lead our nation from the start. We have been taught by our parents and elders how to live a successful and proper lifestyle, and I believe that knowledge one day will all pay off. We will be the new generation of leaders, and our generation will one day change the world.

  18. David Bohn says:

    I thought this article was interesting to see what the older generation things of the younger. I feel like every generation thinks lower of the younger one. Our grandparents said the same things about our parents, and now our parents generation are saying the same things about us. Work ethic is one of the common themes among what a future generation lacks, mainly because we have made advancements as a society that make it easier to do things. I have confidence in our generation. While I can see the face-to-face communication being a problem, as Morgan said there are always those who know how to communicate and get things done, those people will lead us to the new heights.

  19. Alexander Jones says:

    Times change just like generations change. The leaders of the world today do not lead like leaders a few generations did. With evolving times comes new ways. Things are not meant to stay the same throughout history. A perfect example of this is shown in the US Constitution… look how many amendments have been made to it! People begin to realize what is right and wrong, and this has to be because of the way each generation is raised.

  20. Kyle Rushton says:

    I agree with the positive qualities that the article identified for the younger generation, but I do not agree with their statement that the younger generation has a lack of work ethic. Though the older generation may think that we have a weaker work ethic than they do, I believe that our work ethic is equal, if not better. I agree with the statement that technology plays a huge role now, and will continue into the future. I do not, however, believe that this affects our work ethic. If anything, we have more resources available to us, which provides for more research and more room to expand our learning. Our work ethic may seem weaker due to the technology provided, but I think this technology is simply encouraging us to advance to be better leaders and workers.

  21. Courtney Green says:

    I definitely agree with this article, I think our generation is much more prepared as leaders. Not only can we learn from the mistakes that were made by previous leaders. We have better technology and knowledge to enable us to be effective leaders. I agree with many people above. specially the comment made about a 3 year old being able to turn on and off a cell phone. Younger generations are becoming more and more technology savvy.

  22. Maggie D says:

    There are definitely both positives and negatives that will impact today’s generation in the workplace. Like the article stated, it will be harder for today’s generation to communicate face to face because we rely too much on texting, emails, etc. On the plus side, work can be accomplished more efficiently thanks to technology. I feel that the generations to come will gradually lose work ethic due to the increase in technology and all the resources located at our fingertips.

  23. Ryan Jenvey says:

    I definitely agree with the point made about face-to-face communication. While our generation is skilled in the use of technology and knows more about the world around us, it seems there is little in the way of a personal conversation. In order to become good leaders, I think it necessary to be able to communicate clearly face-to-face. Our generation is in danger of losing the ability to have face-to-face interactions and that is a dim future.

  24. Lindsay DeMers says:

    Maybe the generations before us never considered that are lack of some skills could be due to their failures. After all, the mess that is the world today is largely a result of their choices and how they handled problems, and a lot of the leadership skills we learn is learned through example. The earliest leaders we learn from are our parents; we pick up their habits, good and bad. We watch tv shows, the news, sports, singers, and other leaders, and we become modeled by the environment around us. Different environments develop some skills more than others, and the environment that we have grown up in was built by the generations before us. Therefore, if people want the next generations to have certain skills, they should start leading by better example.

  25. Lindsay DeMers says:

    Maybe the generations before us never considered that are lack of some skills could be due to their failures. After all, the mess that is the world today is largely a result of their choices and how they handled problems, and a lot of the leadership skills we learn is learned through example. The earliest leaders we learn from are our parents; we pick up their habits, good and bad. We
    watch tv shows, the news, sports, singers, and other leaders, and we become modeled by the environment around us. Different environments develop some skills more than others, and the environment that we have grown up in was built by the generations before us. Therefore, if people want the next generations to have certain skills, they should start leading by better example.

  26. Victoria Gray says:

    Our generation is much different from the one before us due to our rapidly changing world. What sets our generation apart from others is exactly what the article said: “(1) comfort and skill with technology (2) creativity and fresh ideas, (3) global awareness and tolerance, and (4) adaptability.” I think it is important to focus on our strengths and use them! The one I see as the most important are global awareness and tolerance and adaptability. Our country is constantly growing and changing and these to strengths help prepare us for that.

  27. Libby Howe says:

    Through innovative inventions in all aspects of existence, our generation is more equipped to lead. Generations are getting smarter, healthier, more capable in so many ways. While some argue that the inventions of today are hindering levels of empathy or interest, the continued developments in society beg to differ.
    The only problem is awareness. We have to be aware of the potential power in front of us. We have to recognize that we are fully capable of taking over leadership positions and are becoming more so every day as we develop and educate ourselves.

  28. Crista Watson says:

    I feel like younger age groups are more exposed to leadership because it has recently gained more attention and importance. To get into college, grades are not the only thing that matters now. Students have to go that extra step and demonstrate leadership in some shape or form. Students are very capable of taking on leadership positions because they are encouraged to and because it has such a positive emphasis.

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