Investing in Young Leaders

Be a teacher for the next generation of leaders.

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Pat Hurston, independent business consultant, explains why it’s critical for leaders to invest time and energy in teaching the next generation. 

“The No. 1 thing we need to teach kids [is] how to work in a team,” says Pat. “Today, with the cellphone and all the things you do by yourself, it's important to teach them how to work together as a team because you got to give and take. Show students, show kids: What does good leadership look like? How do you emulate that?”

How are you setting an example for the next generation? Watch the video to hear from Pat about investing in young leaders.

TAKEAWAYS
- Children can benefit from the lessons of leadership development.
- Organizations can benefit from the injection of young people.
- Early investment leads to long-distance results.

One of my passions and, if you see anything about me, it's gonna be about women and children. I think it's an important subject. Particularly the work I've done in the last four years around for children in underserved areas.

The No. 1 thing I think we need to teach kids [is] how to work in a team. Today, with the cellphone and all the things you do by yourself, I think it's important to teach them how to work together as a team, because you got to give and take. Show students, show kids: What does good leadership look like? How do you emulate that? When I think about my own career, you know, I'm watching people who don't even know that I was watching them and I would emulate what they were doing or, if they were doing something good, I'm doing that too, because that's how we learn! We learn by doing.

I just exchanged a message with a woman who was graduating from Georgia Gwinnett College and she was in a program where she learned—a STEM program—where we introduced mentors, we brought companies to students and I just watched her methodically pay attention, be involved in all of the kinds of programs that were offered to her and she just got a job (she's coming out of college, I guess they just graduated) with Fiserv as an IT web developer. When you look at these young people and you want to keep your company going, it behooves you to invest in the next generation. That's just absolutely necessary.

They know no boundaries and all the wonderful thought process that they can learn and they go through and how they can make the company better. You let these young people, if they get involved with something and they're interested in it, there's no limit as to what they can do.

Right now, there are more jobs than the companies can fill and you want to build early on that loyalty of those young people. The reason why this young woman is going to the company she is going to is that they invested in her early on and they knew that they had somebody good and look at what she's going to do, not only for them but for other young people, because she can tell that story.

Pat Hurston

After more than 30 years as a senior executive in financial services, Pat has the honor and privilege to serve in the nonprofit community, fulfilling her passion for women and girls issues, developing leaders and being a servant leade...

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