ESSENTIAL LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS IN TIMES OF CRISIS
Keywords:leadership development, leadership skills, young business leaders
This paper investigates the leadership skills needed for future leaders especially during economic turmoil. Based on an extensive literature review a list of the most important leadership skills was developed and a questionnaire was constructed to be used in structured interviews with experts and young leaders from five European countries (Greece, Latvia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Bulgaria). The results revealed the most crucial skills for future leaders in terms of future employability and during times of crisis. Based on the results, a leadership training programme was developed to train young leaders in these leadership skills.