EDGE Challenges was created to overcome the deficiencies in traditional leadership education. Demand for leadership talent among younger generations is greater than ever. Google recently acknowledged leadership as the second most important factor in their hiring process. Research echoes this new priority, “leadership and learning have dramatically increased in importance… companies see an accelerating demand for leadership at all levels, especially among [young leaders].” And yet, “the capability gap is widening.”
Young leaders are not being effectively educated. Too many traditional leadership programs are not meeting the needs of today’s tech-savvy newer generations. Many programs are conventionally academic: an instructor lectures and the student is expected to absorb and digest the material. A lot of content is fluff and re-branded slogans. Most of all, the education is missing its most important counterpart: experience. It is the experiences that enable emerging leaders to validate lessons and effectively incorporate them into trusted practices.