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July 16th 2021

Developing the next generation of leaders

How to develop the next generation of leaders in your business? Start here...

Regardless of the industry that you work in, how you and your management team nurture the next generation of talent in the first decade of their careers can have a huge impact on their prospects for the future.

Given that the world of business is constantly evolving, it can be quite difficult to pin down exactly what career progression looks like for your people. However, one thing is certain, if we don’t develop the next generation, we will not have any future leaders.

So what can today’s business leaders do in order to support the development of tomorrow’s talent?

Fostering a culture of knowledge-sharing across the business, between different levels of staff, can give your juniors the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their capabilities.

Businesses also need to recognise the value of soft skills and actively teach them. Good communication skills, critical thinking, conflict resolution and good decision making skills are some of the most important soft skills that future business leaders need to learn as they come up through the ranks.

When developing your team, it’s important to avoid a very narrow focus. Professional development and training should be as broad as possible in order to expose your future leaders to different challenges and ways of thinking.

A proactive stance on diversity is critical at the more junior level in all organisations. If businesses can be more diverse and inclusive at this point in people’s careers, then future management teams will consist of a much broader spectrum of people from different backgrounds.

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