George Smith, senior planner at Marrons, who is attending Anthropy 23, discusses the importance of unleashing youth opportunity and nurturing emerging leaders who can drive positive change.
As the world continues to change at pace, the emergence of new leaders is not just an inevitability – it’s a necessity.
Youth is a time of boundless energy, creativity and an unwavering belief that anything is possible. Individuals are brimming with fresh ideas and a hunger for making a meaningful impact on the world. Harnessing this youthful exuberance is not just advantageous, but it is also essential.
Fostering emerging leaders
One of the most exciting aspects of working with young individuals is witnessing their transformation into emerging leaders. These are the individuals who not only envision a better future, but actively work towards it. Businesses must commit to providing future leaders with the support, mentorship and opportunities they need to thrive and create genuine change.
Breaking down barriers
Unfortunately, many young people face barriers that hinder their growth and potential. These obstacles include limited access to education and resources, societal biases and economic hardships. As a society, we must collectively work to break down these barriers and level the playing field.
Unleashing youth opportunity
Unleashing youth opportunity involves more than just providing access to education and resources. An environment must be created where young individuals feel empowered to take risks, express their ideas, and contribute to positive change. When young people are given the space to innovate and lead, the results can be extraordinary.
The role of mentoring
Mentorship plays a pivotal role in nurturing emerging leaders. Experienced professionals can guide, inspire and impart invaluable wisdom to young individuals, encouraging innovation, collaboration and challenging current ways of thinking. Mentorship programs should work to bridge the generation gap and facilitate the transfer of knowledge.
Unleashing youth opportunity is not the responsibility of one organisation or sector alone. It’s a collective effort that involves businesses, educational institutions, communities and governance. We must work together to create a supportive ecosystem that empowers young people to realise their potential.
Emerging leaders are the driving force behind progress and innovation. By breaking down barriers, fostering mentorship and working collectively, we can pave the way for a brighter future led by a new generation of leaders who are ready to tackle the challenges of tomorrow, today.