Young people led by young people

By Sofía Alderete, from the “Grow” team and Laila Cugno, Service Owner at Arbusta’s Machine Learning Training Service.  

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At Arbusta, we focus on identifying and developing young talent that, in many cases, without previous formal work experience or training in technology, is incorporated to work on various projects. As a technology company and developer of IT talent, Arbusta generates an environment that constantly presents leadership opportunities.

Once the people who join our team go through the first steps, and successfully complete testing in the different tasks related to the services we provide to our customers, they demonstrate their interpersonal skills and their professional ambition. In light of this, Arbusta offers them the possibility of deploying their leadership potential by having them lead a squad (a team of between 10 and 12 people in charge of a specific project).

This policy generates a clear variation in the ages of leaders: The average age of the people who lead relevant teams or processes in the company is approximately 24. This made us reflect on the importance of the responsibility that these people have at Arbusta.

WHAT DID WE LEARN?

The importance of having experience in order to lead: People learn to be leaders through work experience and independently of whether they are assigned the role formally.  Every day we discover people who are leaders on different teams, because they choose to be leaders.

Support in early leadership roles: At Arbusta we generate the environment, and through a program which includes mentoring and workshops on specific topics, we accompany the development of each leadership process; a process in which we work with clear objectives on technical support, as well as the evolution and self-leadership of each person.

Helping others to develop their talent makes us grow in our own leadership:  Within our role, we can highlight motivation, accompaniment and having difficult conversations with people, which is not an easy task. With each of these actions, our people grow, but we also grow as leaders, we learn to cope with them, we practice active listening and empathy.

The power of networked leadership: Recognizing other young leaders as a reference and creating our own network, connecting leaders and circulating the knowledge learned previously.

We can always improve in our ability to communicate assertivelyWe believe that by emphasizing the importance of management and the quality of our services, as well as focusing on assertive communication with our teams and with our clients, we can improve even further if we also work on our own self-leadership, which in turn, contributes to personal development and leads to enhancing our work teams and all of our communications.

Consequently, this makes us feel that we are in a beta testing phase, in which, given a learning environment, networked leadership and the opportunity for development, either for our teams or for ourselves, the groundwork is laid out for us to be able to empower ourselves and innovate and thus become a circle of young people leading young people.