A recent HBR blog asks an interesting question “when is the right time to train future leaders”. This debate mirrors our own thoughts at Rock the Boat Consulting; it’s never too early to begin the process of leadership training in high potential candidates.
The best companies have programmes to develop leadership characteristics in their high potential employees starting in their late 20s with a view to supporting them with new training as they assume managerial roles.
It has been concluded in numerous research reports that it's never too early teach leadership skills. According to Zenger (2012), leadership development can be taught at any age - and companies wait far, far too long to begin the process.