What will a GEN Z CEO look like? New #CtheFuture research.

What will a GEN Z CEO look like? New #CtheFuture research.

We asked 5,000 ambitious Gen-Z’ers who are on a leadership track, what they believe the future of the C-suite looks like. Here’s what they said:

Alongside the announcement of 2019 Global CEO for One Month Sophia Lim, the findings of a survey of 5,000 Gen-Z ‘leaders of tomorrow’ were released. With Millennials and Gen-Zers set to make up 75% of the global workforce by 2025, the survey examines what skills and qualities C-Suite leaders of the future will need to lead.

We asked 5,000 ambitious Gen-Z’ers who are on a leadership track, what they believe the future of the C-suite looks like. Here’s what they said:

The profile of a Gen Z CEO

  • Gen Z CEOs will be phenomenal leaders of people, deft communicators, and share a creative streak, say future leaders.
  • CEOs of 2050 will not all be university qualified, but rise through the ranks through experiential learning programs, complemented by online education
  • This generation of CEOs will prioritize honing their soft skills over acquiring hard competencies.
  • As a cohort, they value curiosity, learning agility and adaptability.

Firm on Soft Skills

  • 69% believe soft skills will be more important than hard skills for future C-Suite leaders
  • The #1 skill needed by future leaders is an ability to successfully manage people and teams
  • ‘Communication’ and ‘Creativity’ are the other top skills future leaders need to hone
  • Gen Z’ers think today’s C-Suite leaders aren’t making the grade on soft skills – people management and leading teams was seen as the skills current CEOs need to work on the most, followed by creativity & EQ

Up-ending Executive Education

  • 51% believe CEOs will not need college degrees by 2050
  • More than half (55%) say apprenticeships and experiential learning are the best way to develop future leaders
  • Only 6% believe that University degrees are the best way to prepare future leaders with the soft skills they will need to lead

Preparing Gen Z to lead, or not?

  • Gen Z’ers see their strongest skills as curiosity, learning agility, adaptability and creativity.
  • They feel the current education system is not preparing them effectively for project management, data driven decision making, negotiation, and complex problem solving
  • They also feel underprepared on cross-cultural and inter-generational awareness

About CEO for One Month :

The ‘CEO for One Month’ programme began as a local initiative in Norway in 2011 and was formalised in to a global programme in 2014, since growing in to a flagship initiative for the Adecco Group under the Adecco Group Foundation. It helps young people increase their employability and career prospects through highly effective work-based learning. The programme operates under the Adecco Group Foundation which aims to improve work readiness of young people and other underserved populations who struggle to enter the workforce. Applications for the 2019 programme exceeded 260,000. Website: www.ceofor1month.com

The research was conducted through a survey with over 5000 applicants of the 2019 CEO for One Month program.

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