Leadership must be important — more than 20,000 books and thousands of articles have been written about the critical elements of and the impact it has on people, organizations and countries, if not the world.
In my article in The Financial Post I show that although leadership training programs abound, they have failed to produce good leaders. We can add to this problem the fact that the next generation of leaders, Gen Y or Millennials, have vastly different expectations for leaders and how they want to be trained as future leaders.
Virtuali, a leadership training firm and consultancy, and WorkplaceTrends.com, a research and advisory membership portal servicing forward-thinking HR professionals, announced the results of a new survey entitled "The Millennial Leadership Study". Following a national survey of 412 millennials, the study found that 91% of Millennials aspire to be a leader and out of that, 52% were women. Almost half of Millennials define leadership as "empowering others to succeed" and when asked what their biggest motivator was to be a leader, 43% said "empowering others", while only 5% said money and 1% said power. When asked about the type of leader they aspire to be, 63% chose "transformational", which means they seek to challenge and inspire their followers with a sense of purpose and excitement.
Read more at Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wired-success/201507/millennials-how-gen-y-will-lead-us-the-future.