|It’s never too early to learn leadership, according to a CCL survey.Fully 90 percent of respondents believe leadership development should start before age 18 — and certainly should be part of early-career learning.The study, and CCL’s work with youth and young professionals, gives insight into what leadership skills matter most and how organizations can invest in next-generation leaders.What should youth leadership development be developing?Our survey — along with growing interest in CCL’s leadership initiatives for K-12 and university groups — clearly signals the need for leadership development to be a part of every student’s educational experience. If so, what should be the focus of youth leadership efforts?
One way to look at it is to consider what leadership skills young people need to enter the workforce. Here’s what we found from our survey.
The five most important competencies for young people entering the workforce today are:
In comparison, the five most important competencies for young people entering the workforce 20 years ago were:
Looking ahead, in 10 years the most important competencies will be:
Notice that effective communication and self-motivation/discipline appear on all three lists — these may be core and enduring competencies that could receive more developmental focus during the high school and college years. Learning agility, too, is a “master” competency or core skill that fuels other skills and allows us to learn from experience.
Two competencies that appear on this future skills list — multi-cultural awareness and collaboration — are driven by the increasing interconnectivity and interdependence of our work and lives. Fortunately, these skills can easily be developed through project-based learning in high school and college, as well as through early leader development experiences in organizations.
What can organizations do to develop next-generation leaders?
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