Leadership development may be the most important thing any company does. That’s why, every week, I review blogs and other publications that cover leadership development to find the very best leadership development posts. This week, you’ll find pointers to posts about the training Millennials expect but don’t get, preparation as the key to success, terrifying challenges in leadership development, and why worrying about leadership development keeps CxOs up at night.
“New graduates and entry level talent’s perceive that their organizations will provide them with career development training: 80% of 2014 graduates expect that their employer will provide the kind of formal training programs necessary for them to advance their careers. Despite this, the percentage of graduates that actually receive such training is low, creating a significant discrepancy between expectation and reality.”
“Go to any college admissions testing site, like the ACT, and you will be struck by the lack of preparation of many students. You’ll see kids running in late, breakfast in hand; some without pencils and IDs; and others desperately trying to find the right calculators. Wait long enough and you’ll see many leaving before the testing even begins. Watching their faces and body language is heart-breaking. It’s likely that some of those turned away could have qualified for scholarships if they’d just been better prepared to take the test.”
“As we’ve seen from some of the world’s top leaders, adversity makes people stronger, says Camille Preston, founder and CEO of AIM Leadership.”
Wally’s Comment: The original title for this piece appears to have been “How terrifying challenges make better leaders” which is a better indicator of the contents.
“Deloitte just released new research which shows an astounding gap between what business executives say and what they do, and one of the biggest issues highlighted is a lack of focus on leadership development.”