Why LeaderU?

LeaderU exists to close the skills gap by developing principle-centered leaders with essential career skills.

The skills gap is real.

Organizations throughout the world are reporting an ever-increasing “soft skills” gap.

Recruiters are saying the workforce simply lacks the hard and soft skills needed to fill the ever increasing number of high-skilled jobs today. Those jobs range from entry-level positions for college graduates to leadership roles within an organization. Human resource leaders reported that the skills gap grew 12% since last year (WES/FW). If there’s clearly a gap today, what will it look like in the future?


of executives think American workers aren’t as skilled as they need to be. (Adecco)

There’s compelling evidence.

Over the years, many efforts have been made in gathering research to reveal both the current skills gap and the growing chasm that organizations are seeing in the future.


of employees will require significant up-skilling by 2022. (World Economic Forum)


of team disengagement is linked to unprepared leadership. (Gallup)


of those having hiring difficulty, believe there is a skills shortage among their applicants. (SHRM)


of employers have had trouble recruiting in the past 12 months because of skills gap. (SHRM)

Top 10 Skills in 2020

  1. Complex problem solving
  2. Critical thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People management
  5. Coordinating with others
  6. Emotional intelligence
  7. Judgment and decision making
  8. Service orientation
  9. Negotiation
  10. Cognitive flexibility
(World Economic Forum)

2022 skills Outlook

  1. Analytical thinking and innovation
  2. Active learning and learning strategies
  3. Creativity, originality, and initiative
  4. Technology design and programming
  5. Critical thinking and analysis
  6. Complex problem solving
  7. Leadership and social influence
  8. Emotional intelligence
  9. Reasoning, problem solving, and ideation
  10. Systems analysis and evaluation
(World Economic Forum)

The world is changing.

We live in the information age, and the trend is shifting in favor of more highly skilled knowledge-workers. According to the 2018 Future of Jobs Report, 75 million jobs are expected to be displaced by 2022 in 20 major economies. So what is causing the skills gap? Here are three key factors:

Acceleration in Technology

Continual developments in technology require unique skills that are necessary for most organizations (37%).

Unprepared Management

Fast growth leads to lack of talent capable of moving into management positions with leadership skills (31%).

Essential Skills Are Missing

Candidates are lacking identifiable hard and soft skills that stand out in a competitive job market (30%).

An inside-out approach.

Organizations and institutions are looking for ways to address the soft skills gap from the outside-in. LeaderU courses are based on timeless principles of effectiveness with an inside-out approach.


Society wants a quick fix to solve problems. Leadership skills and techniques are important to develop, but real behavior change to become a great leader is challenging. Stephen R. Covey (author of the 7 Habits o f Highly Effective People) taught that “You simply can't think efficiency with people. You think effectiveness with people and efficiency with things.” An outside-in approach ignores the four human endowments that are essential to behavior change: self awareness, conscience, independent will, and creative imagination.


Rather than focus directly on the leadership skills and techniques that need to be improved, it is more effective to start by helping you reflect on your own character and paradigms. LeaderU will help you see leadership with a whole new perspective. In this process, you will identify your strengths and weaknesses, as well as the root cause for the actions you take. LeaderU instructors will help you adopt this same See-Do-Get model in preparing you to become a principle-centered leader in order to achieve lasting results.

The FranklinCovey advantage.

For over 30 years, FranklinCovey has trained leaders from the most respected organizations in the world, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and educational institutions.


leaders in 17,000 work units of 1,100 organizations have been studied/interviewed.


copies of bestselling books have been sold, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®.


countries throughout the world have organizations implementing courses from FranklinCovey.


of Fortune 500 organizations have worked with FranklinCovey.

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