The average age of a supervisor is 33, yet the average age someone begins to get leadership training is 42. That’s a decade of lost potential, or worse, a decade of misguided management!
This data comes from the legendary Jack Zenger who has a great piece over in the HBR blog called, “We Wait Too Long to Train Our Leaders.”
In my talks I always mention that there is no downside to treating everyone as a leader in an organization. We don’t need a title or even direct reports to be leaders; we can all lead from where we are. My humble suggestion is that everyone receive leadership training early, and often.