3 Ways to Prepare Millennials for Leadership Positions


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We’re in the middle of a substantial workforce gap. As Baby Boomers and Gen Xers proceed into retirement, Millennials are taking over as the largest portion of the U.S. workforce, according to Pew Research—leaving a huge gap to fill in terms of leadership.


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In fact, a study by Deloitte found that less than 27% of Millennials believe they have strong leadership skills. It’s time for employers to start thinking about succession planning and how they can prepare this younger generation to take on leadership roles. Here are three specific ways to do just that:

Adapt to Their Learning Style

Training is a great way to develop future leaders. Chances are you already offer some sort of corporate training, but you aren’t quite seeing enough utilization among the younger generation. One reason? They haven’t been designed with Millennial behavior and expectations in mind.  Millennials value learning and development, but as a digital-first generation in the smartphone era, they’re accustomed to instant access to information—the ability to learn anytime, anywhere.

The corporate training programs that tend to be the norm today often involve outdated, instructor-led sessions that can take up an entire day or longer. Some companies have implemented

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