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"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things but the one that gets people to do the greatest things."

- Ronald Reagan


The workforce is rapidly changing and evolving, and it’s crucial to prepare the next generation of leaders for success in this dynamic and uncertain but exciting environment. Empowering future leaders with the right set of employability skills is essential to ensure they can adapt and thrive in the exciting changes that are taking place in so many fields.

In this article, we’ll explore the importance of equipping future leaders with employability skills and how to do so effectively as well, we’ll touch on the importance of keeping ahead of technology and the AI revolution that is taking the world by storm. 

Future Leaders

What are Employability Skills?

Employability skills refer to the abilities and traits that are required for success in the workforce. These skills include communication, teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, and adaptability, among others. Employability skills are essential for future leaders as they provide them with the foundation they need to succeed in a rapidly changing marketplace.

Evolving your workforce demands

In today’s rapidly changing marketplace, it’s crucial for future leaders to have a strong set of employability skills. This is because the workforce is constantly evolving, and new technologies are being introduced all the time. Future leaders need to be equipped with the skills and abilities to adapt to these changes and thrive in this dynamic environment.  

How to Empower Future Leaders

4 tips to empower future leaders with the right set of employability skills:

  1. Encourage critical thinking and problem-solving: Encouraging future leaders to think critically and solve problems can help them develop important employability skills. This can be done through activities such as brainstorming sessions, case studies, and group discussions.
  2. Foster a culture of continuous learning: By creating a culture of continuous learning, you can help future leaders stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and trends in their respective industries. This can be achieved through ongoing training and development programs.
  3. Promote teamwork and collaboration: Teamwork and collaboration are essential employability skills that future leaders need to develop. Through group projects and team-building activities, leaders in the making can help future leaders develop these skills.
  4. Encourage communication and interpersonal skills: Effective communication and interpersonal skills are key to success in the workforce. Encouraging future leaders to develop these skills through activities such as public speaking, networking events, and team discussions can help them grow as leaders.

However, this alone is not enough to stay ahead of the curve, business must combine the effective employability skills we have discussed with a deep understanding of AI and the required technological models. Project managers must be able to unlock the full potential of these innovative tools to drive project success and increase efficiency.

The key is to seamlessly integrate the human touch with technological advancements.

Leveraging AI to Drive Project Management Success

The integration of AI in project management is transforming the way projects are managed and executed. From advanced project scheduling to real-time monitoring, AI is providing project managers with the tools they need to increase efficiency and drive project success.

However, simply understanding the technology is not enough. To effectively leverage AI in project management, project managers must have a solid understanding of the various AI models and be able to bring together their employability skills with their technological know-how. 

The Future of Project Management: A Balancing Act of Technology and Employability Skills

The future of project management is all about balancing the implementation of technological advancements, such as AI, with the development of employability skills. By thinking in systems and outside the box, project managers can use their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to drive innovation, while their communication and interpersonal skills are leveraged to effectively manage teams and influence change. By combining these skills, project managers can stay ahead of the competition and deliver projects with greater efficiency and effectiveness.


The project management field is evolving at a rapid pace, and it’s essential for project managers to stay ahead of the curve. By developing a strong understanding of AI and other technological advancements and nurturing a diverse set of employability skills, project managers can effectively lead their teams and deliver successful projects in today’s fast-paced digital landscape. Investing in the growth of both technological and employability skills is an investment in the future success of project management professionals and their organisations.

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Debs Skene

After returning from London in 1999 where Debs gained extensive experience working for Barclays Capital, she decided to continue working within the Banking & Finance industry for the next ten years.

It was during her time at Asgard that Debs first worked alongside Diane Dromgold. Given Debs is results-driven, has incredibly good time management skills; and loves working and managing teams of people whilst maintaining a great ‘sense of fun’ in her every day, it was obvious that a career in Project Management was for her. Being invited to join the RNC team was an honour and privilege and created many opportunities to work alongside very dedicated, highly skilled and successful project managers. Debs has continued to work on many projects within the Banking & Financial Services industry, as well as the Hospitality Industry and local community groups.

Debs moved to Queensland in 2011 with partner Tim and they have two beautiful daughters who are heavily involved in Swimming, Basketball, Nippers and Martial Arts. 

Janelle Panton

Janelle is a versatile professional who believes in a flexible and pragmatic approach to deliver business outcomes and to just get stuff done.

With a background in the Financial Services and Consumer Health Manufacturing sectors, Janelle spent time in a number of customer service and operational delivery roles whilst completing an MBA (Executive), before finding a passion and skill for program management.

Janelle has a commercial and common sense understanding in managing change and business transformation, and has delivered new product, business process improvement, compliance, IT and offshoring programmes. 

Janelle joined RNC in 2014 after working alongside Diane and the team on a large integration programme. The appeal of working with a “Really Nice Company” aligned with her values and clinched the deal.

Janelle has two teenage daughters to keep her grounded and, along with her husband, is a keen spectator of live sport and trying out new and adventurous recipes on her family and friends.

Jonathan Molyneux

Jonathan is a highly experienced Project Manager who has worked in many different countries with a multitude of cultures across both Business and IT departments to deliver value into organisations.

Jonathan started his career as a Graduate Trainee with a Lloyds of London Underwriting firm; this set the tone for the next decade learning the development delivery disciplines across multiple Financial Organisations throughout London.

With a strong tendency towards problem solving and a systematic and methodical approach to challenges it was a logical step into Project Management. Jonathan has delivered on numerous projects across a diverse range of business requirements.

Jonathan joined RNC in 2016, and during this time has worked in industries such Pharmaceutical, Commercial Real Estate and Entertainment delivering on a number of projects utilising methodologies and strong governance regime to ensure delivery of business solutions in line with expectations. 

Angela Edwards

Angela’s career has focused on delivering domestic and international projects ranging in size and complexity for both private sector and government clients.

A native of Bowral in the Southern Highlands, she gained her business and administration diploma in Canberra before embarking on her first overseas working experience in Japan.

In her project management career, Angela has excelled at managing complex environments and competing interests within the pressures and dictates of diverse environments. Her focus is always on the outcome, with. an ability to work out what is needed and make sure all avenues are considered and all risks are covered.

She has lived and worked in the USA, Dublin, London, Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore, Jakarta, and Tokyo and is accomplished at building and developing high-performing teams.

In her personal life, Angela is an avid golf fan, a traveller and a keen appreciator of Asian and native American art and collectibles. 

Simon Harwood

Simon has had a unique career path, starting off as a drug development chemist before completing his MBA at MIT Sloan in the US in 2008 and then transitioning in to the business world.

Since 2008, Simon has worked for a range of executive teams in London and Sydney successfully delivering complex business projects and programs all with a change management focus and often where timelines have been extremely tight.

Simon joined RNC in 2018, and has diverse experience working in a range of functions – including marketing, IT, and manufacturing – in the pharmaceutical, consumer healthcare, consumer products, and airline industries.

Simon has a young daughter and is a committed member of his local Christian church where he volunteers his time during the week and at weekends.

Andrew Mencinsky

Andrew has had a varied and diverse career, however one with a continual focus on helping organisations and individuals achieve their objectives.

From university Andrew founded a technology business assisting small to medium businesses implement and effectively use technology, before moving to deliver significant projects for Optus and a leading national commercial interiors organisation.

Andrew completed his MBA (Executive) from the AGSM in 2004, after which he spent time with PWC advising public and private sector clients on improving organisational performance through technology.

Andrew joined RNC in 2009, and during his time at RNC has delivered multiple high visibility and high value projects across multiple industries such as banking, insurance, construction and commercial real estate.

Andrew is the father of three young children and has a strong social conscience, giving generously of his time to support local, national and international Ukrainian schools and youth organisations.

Diane Dromgold

Having chosen project delivery as a career and honed her craft working for the Federal Government, Qantas, Philips, and KPMG, Diane decided to strike out and start a project service that would give clients certainty.

Diane started RNC to address five problems:

  • The increasing market frustration with project failure and consequences
  • The increasing focus on process and procedure over delivering the outcome
  • The disconnect between what people want from projects and what project managers want to do
  • To put the outcome back in projects
  • To put the client back in the driver’s seat

Diane regularly presents at conferences on topics ranging from the basic how-to of running projects, to the latest thinking and approaches in project, program and portfolio management.

Diane has authored one book, contributed to several others and provided the foreword on a leading book on influence for project managers. Many of her presentations have been published in proceedings and other publications.