Research into leadership commissioned by Domino’s shows young people from lower income backgrounds do not lack ambition (24%) but have less exposure to strong leadership role models (67%) than those from more privileged backgrounds (80%). As a result, school leavers from lower socio-economic backgrounds can be at a disadvantage in the workplace where they have to work harder to make progress into leadership positions.
Domino’s is calling for team leadership skills like delegation and communication to be incorporated into the National Curriculum as Britain will need more home-grown young people with great leadership skills, post Brexit.
Interestingly, many young Brits don’t consider skills like building consensus and listening to the team as important. In fact, only half of those surveyed considered high ethical standards or caring about well-being as very important. Generations X (age 41-52) and Y (aged 23-40) consistently rated so called softer leadership skills as more important.
Gen Z workers (aged 16 to 22) place more value on a leader’s ability to achieve results (27%) and are less impressed by soft skills like building a consensus (24%) and listening to the team (51%). Nearly a third (27%) of Gen Z workers rated leaders’ preparedness to do ‘whatever it takes to achieve goals’ as Very Important compared with less than a fifth (19%) of Gen X.
For Gen X, the most important leadership attribute is a willingness to listen to what team members have to say (59%). The last important attribute to be considered 'one of the gang' (15%). Generation Z felt similarly with 51% saying that a willingness to listen is the most important leadership attribute in comparison to just 17% saying being 'one of the gang'.
The second most important leadership quality according to all generations, is caring about the wellbeing of the team with 57% of Gen X, 47% of Gen Y and 48% of Gen Z all saying that it is an important attribute.
Just over one in ten (12%) of respondents think their boss is a great communicator and only 3% said their boss seeks opinion from the team when making a decision.