The next generation leaders are bright, self-reliant and self-motivated and expect their people to be the same. Their focus has been on delivering significant pieces of work to time and within budget. All good. Yet the very things that make them successful as a professional, can impede their ability to be a successful leader.
Big picture thinking, a cross-functional approach, greater delegation and a longer term focus – all vital to leadership – can be seen as compromising the results they are able to achieve now. Many young professionals also have less confidence operating at the most senior levels when success can depend on power and influence and on uncertain outcomes.
Aligning themselves and empowering others
In order to step up to leadership, two things have to happen. The first is to understand and align their individual attributes with those of the organisation. The second is to empower others to take on more.
With the appropriate understanding and tools leaders can live up to their professional values, delegate appropriately and represent their organisation with conviction. No compromise.
“A really productive session, at a time when I needed it. Exceeded objectives: I now have a clear vision … and a plan”
Acting Director of Education & Professional Development ACCA