Next Generation Leadership

Hope for a Bright Future


The generation that comes up behind us can often be confusing and frustrating. But Cheryl Bachelder, the CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, sees potential in young leaders. In the following video produced in cooperation with WorkMatters, Cheryl discusses the attitudes she sees in the next generation. They don't want to slack off—they want to make a difference in the world.



The next generation of leaders is intentional about their work. They want to make a difference in the world, and they want their work to count for something more than a paycheck. Cheryl believes that a fundamental transformation of leadership is growing right alongside young people.  

Describe your experience working with the generation behind you. What do you like about them? What do you dislike?
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Cheryl described the next generation of leaders as missional and intentional. What effect would leaders have on your business or organization if they focused on something bigger than themselves—on making an impact in the world?
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Because Cheryl sees potential in young leaders, she invests in equipping them to lead well. She develops their strengths, helps them understand that work can be a calling, and cultivates character in them.  

Identify a younger leader or potential leader in your company. What would be the biggest obstacle to cultivating leadership in that young person?
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How could you, personally, invest in a young leader and prepare him or her to lead well in the coming years?
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The coming generation of leaders has the potential to reshape the landscape of business. Their others-oriented attitude that strives to make a difference in the world marks a shift in leadership philosophy. As a leader, you have the potential to mentor and equip the next generation to make a impact on the world. This week, find and encourage a potential leader. 


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