Advice from Alan E. Nelson, EdD, a global expert on young leader development and founder of KidLead & LeadYoung Training Systems (www.KidLead.com).
Short, Tall, Grande and Venti Leaders. Which are you?
There's a lot of confusion about capacity and development when it comes to leaders, especially young leaders. Here's a 1-page article that CADA published, offering some of my thoughts on the issue. Click HERE to read.
This morning, I began meeting with principals and school administrators, introducing them to LeadYoung Institute. Although I've now sent emails to all public and private schools in the Conejo Valley, I'm curious as to who the early adopters are. My first meeting was with Mrs. Carey Bartlow, Principal of Cypress Elementary School in Newbury Park. I was very impressed with her recognition of students who were social catalysts as well as understanding the difference between leading and administrating. I've found this is more rare than we'd like to think among educators. So while I'm excited to meet more local educators, I'm very impressed with Principal Bartlow. No doubt Cypress has a bright future with her leadership. http://www.conejousd.org/cypress/Home.aspx
While I love teaching leadership and org change at amazing institutions such as USC, the Naval Postgraduate School and Pepperdine, I know that if we're going to fill the leadership pipeline with effective and ethical leaders, we need to get to them while they're moldable, not moldy. Thus, I've started a free training video series for teen leaders called Young Leader Feeder. They're 2-5 minute PowerPoint videos with age-sized content I teach my MBA students. Here's a link to the first 2 and please pass the word: https://youtu.be/NkTlx8cawBY (EQ: Self-Awareness) https://youtu.be/ILRCbfFKOSE (EQ: Self-Management)
No matter what you think of Walmart, the world's #1 retailer knows how to get things done. I interviewed the Director of Global Strategy and Leadership Development, Dr. Jay McNaught, who did his dissertation on how leaders make decisions. One of the reasons that good leaders make bad decisions is because they're unfamiliar with their preferred decision making style and how it is less effective in certain situations. We need to help young leaders discover theirs and then understand its strengths and weaknesses. To read my L.A. Biz article on this, click HERE .