American executives and other senior leaders are retiring en masse, creating unprecedented promotion opportunities over the next decade.
Competition for thousands of soon-to-be vacant leadership roles will be fierce.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of those who aspire to serve in leadership positions typically have not and will not receive any type of formal leadership development from their current employers.
Those who are fortunate enough to have received formal leadership training and development will have a decided advantage when competing for the upcoming glut of vacancies in the leadership ranks of thousands of companies and organizations.
For those who are not exposed to leadership training and development, the opportunity to serve in “stretch assignments” and access to mentors and coaches, there are many options they can take to prepare themselves to be “first off the bench” as opportunities for promotion become available.
These options all require aspiring leaders to accept the fact that they alone are responsible for their professional development and that waiting until being promoted to begin developing as leaders is not a viable strategy. In fact, delaying their self-development is one of the worst decisions they can make if they aspire to lead well in roles of significant scope and responsibility.
Do not wait…begin your leadership journey now!
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” ~ Seneca