There are quotes about leadership all over the Internet. Your employer probably has a few posted in the office. We look to leaders for inspiration, direction, and drive in our government, workplace, churches, and households. We have this misconception that leaders are bold, outspoken, and easy to follow. However, great leaders can also be introverts who are more reserved and lead from behind-the-scenes. You don’t have to seek the limelight to be a great leader. Nor do you have to work from the shadows modestly. Leadership is a skill and requires balance. Some are quick learners and others may need more practice, but everyone has the potential to influence others.
So if everyone can do it, why don’t we have a world full of visionary leaders? Let’s look at the workplace to answer that question. According to the American Labor Force, Millennials are the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, let’s check out some Millennial stats.
Just 27 percent of Millennial men and 21 percent of Millennial women describe their leadership skills as strong. Overall, only 24 percent of Millennials consider this their strongest skill upon graduation. But when it comes to landing a job, 39 percent of all Millennials think businesses see leadership skills as the most valuable skill among employees; they are not wrong.
The truth is, employers are looking to find leadership qualities in all job candidates. Eighty-three percent of organizations say it is important to develop leaders at all levels, but only 5 percent have fully implemented development at all levels. According to NACE’s Job Outlook 2016 survey, when reviewing resumes, more than 80 percent of employers said they are looking for leadership skills. So, if many people do not feel confident with their leadership skills, but they know that is what employers are looking for, it then falls onto the employer to develop these leaders. But how?
Even today, many companies do not give their employees opportunities to grow into leaders. A study by CareerBuilder.com shows that 26 percent of managers said they weren’t ready to become a leader when they started managing others. In that same study, 58 percent of managers said they didn’t receive any management training. That means that over half the managers in the workforce get promoted because they are good at what they do and not necessarily good at making the people around them better. These statistics show us the difficulties our workforce is facing: Our leaders have not been appropriately trained to lead. If companies want to grow their employees into leaders, a quote or two is just not going to cut it.
Today’s workforce shows a need for leaders and most do not come into the job with this skill. Probably more than ever before, we are dealing with a dire need for leadership training in today’s workforce. If you have them, leadership skills can get you the job. If you get training to develop them, leadership skills can get you the raise or that shiny new position in the corner office. It seems that leadership is the top of employers’ skill list making it look as though leadership is the new black.
Employees: Look for those leadership training opportunities and use the skills you gain. Your employer will thank you for it.
Employers: Offer skills training often and allow your employees to show you what they learn. Your employees may surprise you.
Leadership training can help employees grow into their roles as well as empower others to do the same. Want to talk to an expert on how to incorporate leadership training into your L&D goals? Schedule a consult today!