Is the development and focus on our Future Leaders the globe’s most critical challenge?
I know this might seem to be an interesting question to ask and yes there are many key issues and challenges across the world today. Many of which are fundamentally essential to our globe.
Last year the World Economic Forumstated some key challenges and why they matter to the world such as such as politics, climate change, equality, poverty, and unemployment.
In turn, Business Insider published The ten most critical problems in the world, according to millennials and as mentioned; despite the dire state of the world today — and the stereotype that millennials are selfish and apathetic (I disagree) — the generation aged 18 to 35 cares deeply about global issues, and they’re determined to tackle them.
They state; in fact, 70% of millennials see plentiful opportunities for themselves and their peers, and 50% believe they can significantly contribute to decision making in their home country.
In turn, last month I spoke at Griffith University at their Future Leaders Summit and many who attended were 15-17 year olds. It was one of the most incredible days of my life. I spoke about Leadership Attitude and how those leaders in the room are vital for our world. The insights and questions were mind-blowing. One question from a student was – “What do you think is going to be the greatest challenge for our generation in the future?”. I stood silent for a while and said this was another topic all together. I said I think there are going to be a number of challenges; and I see leadership being the biggest and most important issue. To hear them say to me that I changed how they saw themselves, leadership and how they could make a difference, was beyond inspiring.
“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates
The thing is, in our research and work we are finding many of our future leaders who care so passionately about the globe, and it’s challenges don’t see themselves as leaders. Why? They see leadership as a role; a leader is a title. Leadership is not about position or title. It is about Attitude, Mindset, Behaviour and Action.
What are we doing today to build and cultivate our future leaders to guide and empower them to have the mindset and courage to lead? To be leaders.
Have a look at politics today. Look at the pool of leaders what are running our countries? Is the calibre of leaders we have to choose from today? Is the best of what the world has to offer when it comes to leadership? No…!
We need to step up. We need to lead.
We need great future leaders who can lead these critical issues. Yes, you might be saying what about the leaders of today, and of course, they matter. However, it is our future and emerging leaders that we need to give the skills, confidence, courage and mentoring to lead our future.
We need leaders who are authentic, aware and know who they are. Leaders, who have the courage to stand tall, believe in themselves and demonstrate complete compassion, empathy and integrity. Leaders who only speak the truth and walk the talk. Leaders who want to be significant to others and create a legacy of leading the way.
Leaders who are inclusive and embrace the diversity of our world. Leaders who inspire and empower others to be the best they can be and lead change. Leaders who are vulnerable and not afraid to say “I am scared” and “I know I am going to make mistakes”. Leaders who ask for help. Leaders who will keep moving forward and believe they have a purpose on this planet. Leaders who are the ripple effect.
Leaders who see leadership as an action and attitude.
We need leaders who will lead our global challenges with a whole heart, conviction and courage. We need to take care of your future leaders and make sure we are truly connecting with them. We need to be asking them how we can help them be better and be the best they can be.
We ALL have these global challenges. However, is the small things we can do today and each day to lead the way. It is those things that could have the greatest impact for future leadership and the globe tomorrow.