We can't lead with yesterday's leadership skills. While character, intelligence and judgment are still important and essential for good leadership, there are new tools that need to be added to the mix. I believe leadership encompasses the ability to be a storyteller. To be able to assist people in discovering their own identities which will lead to more cooperative productivity is the goal. Today's new leaders understand the importance of work/family integration that members of the younger, global workforce are demanding.
Noticing differences is politically correct these days. Diversity is "in". Its value is being recognized just about everywhere. While it's being courted in the global workplace, many American businesses operate without maximizing the added value of their diversity bottom line. I believe diversity is more than a headcount. It's about cultures and lifestyles counting, too. Since culture is an acquired, learned skill, in the workplace of the 21st century, cultural expertise will give businesses a proper sense and attitude to the world's people and communities.
There's nothing like a financial crisis to change attitudes. Women everywhere are dealing with daunting, if not massive, financial dilemmas for a number of reasons: divorce, downsizing, children, stepchildren, aging or frail parents, career changes-and-ceilings. All of them are attitude-changing situations, and all of them - in some way - are enormously impacted by money. Since 90 percent of women at some point in their lifetime will be solely responsible for the financial needs of their family, every woman needs to get a financial life. Right or wrong, good or bad, money is an immediate measure of what you can do with your financial future.
The Sandwich Generation is made up of adults caught in the middle. Adults 45 to 65, most often, facing the dilemma of raising their own children while assisting aging parents, or actively monitoring a frail parent's decline. It's the portrait of the vast majority of American adults. It's no easier for the old to get older than it is for their adult children to deal with the role reversal of becoming the "parenting child". Respecting elder independence, managing aging parent healthcare needs long-distance, transitions with growing and grown children, new families/stepfamilies, divorce, widowhood and second marriages is the goal which is accomplished by integrating all the needs and cooperating in crafting resolutions.