Most successful businesses world-wide focus on filling their ‘leadership pipeline’ as part of their business succession planning, ensuring that they have young stars trained and ready for senior roles. This good business succession planning strategy makes good business sense, but at what cost?
The recent events in the life of young Parramatta Eels leader, Kieran Foran, highlights the reality that stress and pressure can place enormous strain on the personal lives of young leaders – often at a high price. Born in New Zealand and NRL All Stars representative five-eighth, Foran previously played for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, with whom he won the 2011 NRL Premiership. Reportedly Foran has personal issues, the result being he will miss three important up-coming matches to deal with his challenges.