Young Professionals Leadership, IBJ's 40 under 40

DESIGN RESEARCH, DATA VISUALIZATION

What challenges face young professionals seeking leadership?

I interviewed 13 individuals from a variety of industries from Indiana Business Journal's 40 under 40 list. They shared their personal challenges and what they observe young leaders struggling with today in their quest for leadership. I created a gigamap to illustrate and synthesize the data. By clearly understanding these challenges we are able to reframe new opportunities for early leadership development.

Young Professionals Leadership
Young Professionals Leadership

The final gigamap shows the challenges and synthesis from the design research. The final product was 5 feet wide by 8 feet tall.

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Discovery of Challenges
Discovery of Challenges

Interviews were conducted with the leaders to gather challenge themes. Many of the challenges are behavior and attitude based.

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Framing the Challenges as Opportunities
Framing the Challenges as Opportunities

Based on the insights gathered from the stakeholders, you must first know yourself before you can be true to yourself. In order to know yourself you have to be able to balance the other challenges that present themselves throughout your experience as a leader. Many of the challenges contradict each other, which is why finding a balance between them is crucial.

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Young Professionals Leadership
Young Professionals Leadership

The final gigamap shows the challenges and synthesis from the design research. The final product was 5 feet wide by 8 feet tall.

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