Up until the Millennial generation came around Baby Boomers were the single largest generation in American history. That meant a larger workforce for decades. Now Baby Boomers are starting to retire, though a third are still in the workforce. When they are completely finished retiring America will be left with the largest leadership gap in history.
That’s not to say there aren’t enough bodies to fill those roles; rather there aren’t enough people who have been developed as leaders to assume leadership positions. The new generation hasn’t yet had time to develop teamworking skills, collaboration skills, relationship building skills, and communication skills among other things.
One of the main problems is that the people who usually do the training- parents and teachers- aren’t adapting to the changing work environment. Emotional intelligence is crucial to career and leadership success but it isn’t being developed in the new generations.
- Learn from their mistakes
- Can see other perspectives
- Aren’t discouraged by adversity
- Share knowledge
- Have a strong work ethic
Even if the next generation of workers doesn’t have all the skills necessary to make it as a leader, those skills can be developed in the right candidate. It’s all about identifying those who have the right skills base for development. Learn more about the leadership gap and how your organization can develop the next generation of leaders from this infographic!
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