Too often we hear others, or even ourselves, complain about an organisation that we don’t believe ‘gets us’ that we don’t believe produces ‘real leaders’, or an organisation that we believe needs to change.
But change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. We have to choose between change and more of the same. We have to choose between our future and our past.
The opportunity if not to hope for the perfect company for ourselves. The opportunity is to build the perfect company for each other
The idea with the Lead Up Collective is that we’re creating a culture that encourages us to lean in, to collectively help each other lead up, and also to always know that we have someone to lean on.
It works by establishing a safe, anonymous area for us to share our experiences, learnings and advice to help us each build ourselves, and each other, into the leaders we want.
Learning by doing is far more effective at developing authentic leaders, but can be difficult to achieve if we don’t stop to reflect, articulate and learn from our experiences. So Lead Up Collective is about creating a safe environment for talent development & collective leadership. Because the brilliant thing is that when we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. So by sharing our learning’s, our experiences and our ideas, we can develop our own, and each others, expertise in a whole new way.
The best investment we can make is in each other, because every one of us has something meaningful to contribute.
If we truly believe there is a leadership-deficit, or a change is needed, then we have a responsibility to make up the shortfall. We have a responsibility to and help this amazing, idealistic, fantastic generation build their confidence, learn patience, learn the social skills, and find a better balance between life and technology… because quite frankly it’s the right thing to do for us all.
The Data and the Business Case
Deloitte estimates that Millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce by 2025. However, it appears as if the leadership development of Millennials isn’t seen as a priority for organizations, according to a Brandon Hall Group’s 2015 State of Leadership Development Study.
The study found that just 20% of organizations identified the Millennial leader segment as critical for development over the next 24 months. Yet More than half of organizations (51 percent) said their leaders are not prepared to lead today, and 71 percent said their leaders are not prepared to lead into the future.
The other key insights from the research were:
- Organizations do not see accelerated development of Millennial leaders as important. Just 20 percent of organizations surveyed identified the Millennial leader segment as critical for development over the next 24 months.
- Technology should be better utilized to appeal to the development desires of Millennial leaders. In the eyes of Millennials, education and technology are inseparable. But technology-based development approaches rank in the bottom 10 of most frequently used leadership development delivery methods.
- Organizations are not investing in coaching and mentoring of Millennial leaders. Millennial leaders crave advice and insights, particularly from their peers. But, on average, just 7 percent of organizations invest in offering Millennial leaders coaching, mentoring, and dedicated time with their CEO and other senior leaders stunting their advisory and reflective learning.
So if companies aren’t invested in developing the leaders of the future now, its up to us to develop ourselves. We need to leverage technology and peer-to-peer coaching and mentoring to build ourselves into the leaders we want to have.
The Lead Up Collective aims to mobilise collective leadership to develop the next generation of leaders and equipping them with the self-awareness and reflective practices to build them into confident, empathetic and authentic leaders.
Creating a culture of ongoing performance management through facilitated article prompts, Lead Up enables young leaders to build a framework to regularly discuss what is and what isn’t working, identify learning opportunities and establish and belong to a network.