Young people fill many leadership roles – from parenting and volunteering to nursing and managing. The dynamic younger generation has much to offer to those around them, but also much they can learn.
How can leaders from the younger generations sharpen their skills and maximize benefits to those around them?
Aden Leadership is hosting a four-part Leadership Development Series to equip younger generations with invaluable tools to help them fill their leadership role purposefully and beneficially. The series is already underway, but it’s not too late to join upcoming sessions, whether in-person in Denver, Colorado, or online.
Here’s a taste of what young leaders can pull from this engaging series:
Learn to Ask for and Accept Help
Often, young leaders feel pressure to perform and prove they can accomplish their role without outside help. However, trying to work independently can actually be counterproductive and deprive you of the boost you need to be successful.
On the other hand, learning to ask for help from those around you solidifies your team and contributes to overall success. Remember, asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
In Part 1 of the Leadership Development Series, Luke Wyckoff, Chairman & Founder Social Media Energy addressed the younger generation of leaders saying “You’re not alone. When you ask for help, people inherently want to help you.” Watch the full recap of Part 1 for more highlights.
Admit Your Mistakes
It’s no secret that no teacher, volunteer, parent, or CEO is perfect – even the most experienced ones. Since we’re all bound to make mistakes, it’s best to become more comfortable with admitting them, even to employees, children, coworkers, etc.
“Being accessible, answering questions, admitting mistakes, and saying you’re sorry aren’t liabilities,” says Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO of Red Hat in an article for Harvard Business Review. “They are exactly the tools you can use to build your credibility and authority to lead.”
While you may hold back, fearing that fessing up will make you lose face, admitting to and apologizing for your mistakes can have the opposite effect. Candid dialogue makes you more approachable and trustworthy to those around you.
See Potential in Others
Avoid projecting the ‘if I don’t do it myself, it won’t be done right’ attitude. Each member of your family, team, classroom, or office has their strengths. Find ways to highlight those strengths and make others shine. When others can sense that you see their potential and want to help them reach it, they will feel needed and appreciated. Ultimately, everyone will be happier and more productive.
Stay Positive Amidst Challenges
No family, community, or business leader is a stranger to challenges – no matter how young. Still, challenges don’t have to result in panic. Instead, view obstacles as an opportunity to work with your team to innovate and come out stronger.
The Leadership Development Series highlights the importance of keeping a positive mindset and helping those around you grow. Register now for the opportunity to refine your leadership approach.