Millennial Leadership: The New Mindset


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Enterprises worldwide are facing unprecedented challenges, leading to an increased enthusiasm for innovation and growth. One such challenge is the growing influence and role Millennials are playing in the organisation.

Being a millennial is much more than a birthdate: It’s a mindset for the 21st Century. Leaders and enterprises need to accept, understand and embrace the characteristics and values of the Millennial Generation if they are to remaining competitive in the today’s ‘perpetual whitewater’ business environment.

WhiteWater Vision presents an entertaining and insightful presentation and workshop on Millennial leadership styles, and how they differ to Boomer leadership styles. This program is led by Professor David Buisson (Boomer) and Rowan Grant (Millennial).

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Millennial Leadership: The New Mindset

  1. 1. Millennial Leadership: The New Mindset Boomer and Millennial Views Presented by Professor David Buisson and Rowan Grant
  2. 2. Contrasting worlds: ‘Boomer’ experience and ‘Millennial’ ideals
  3. 3. Who are the Millennials? The Millennials Ethnically Diverse Team Players Optimistic Rule Followers Socially Responsible Well Educated Achievement Oriented Source: Howe and Strauss, 2000. Boston College, 2012 Introducing the Generations: ‘Millennials’ and their ‘Boomer’ parents
  4. 4. Boomer Leaders Millennial Leaders Big Business Micro Enterprise Financial Growth Growth of Impact Individualism Collaboration Shareholder Value Shared Value Millennial Leadership styles: Different to ‘Boomers’, and sometimes in conflict
  5. 5. •Thinking globally •Building alliances and partnerships •Cross cultural diversity •Technological savvy •Sharing leadership •Learning agility Managers of today: Leading through the ‘perpetual whitewater’
  6. 6. 1880 1980 1990 2010 Industrial Revolution Computer Revolution Internet Revolution Information Revolution Participative Revolution 2020 The Information Revolution was so last decade: Welcome to the Participative Revolution
  7. 7. Intelligence It's dangerous to follow dumb people. Courage People won’t follow you when you’re hiding behind them. Restlessness ‘He who follows the status quo shall become great’ Plato’s three attributes of Leadership: More relevant today than at any other time in history
  8. 8. Millennial Leaders are those who drive change through their use of cutting-edge technology. Millennial Leaders participate in solving local and global challenges. - José María Álvarez-Pallete, COO Telefonica Characteristics of a Millennial Leader Passionate Restless Collaborative Socially Responsible Technically Savvy Adaptable Willing to Improve Millennial Leadership: A mindset for the 21st Century, not just a birthdate
  9. 9. •Why leadership and followership have changed over time •Cultural evolution and technological revolution •The balance of power between leaders and followers has shifted—with leaders becoming weaker and followers stronger. Leadership into Followership: Today’s management must change with it
  10. 10. •Millennials need help from other generations What’s Required? •Leadership assignments, training and coaching •Assignment rotation (12- 24mths) •The Corporate Lattice Millennials want leadership: But we know we aren’t ready for it
  11. 11. - Julian Birkinshaw, London Business School What would management look like if we defined it around the needs, fears and aspirations of our employees? Employee-centred Management: Changing the culture of leadership in organisations
  12. 12. Positive Deviance: Spotting hidden innovations in development work. Finding the positive deviant: How to grow with them •Somewhere in your organisation, groups of people are already doing things differently and better. •To create lasting change, find areas of positive deviance and fan their flames.
  13. 13. The Participative Revolution: Awakening latent talents
  14. 14. Organisations must embrace openness, diversity and inclusion to attract and retain top talent. Millennials’ values: Open, transparent and innovative leadership
  15. 15. © 2010, Future Workplace FutureWorkplace: Working side by side in 2020. 90m 70m 50m 30m 10m TRADITIONALISTS BABY BOOMERS GENERATION X MILLENNIALS GEN 2020 >1946 >1964 >1976 >1997 1997 - ? ??? 1997 - ? Five Generations in the workplace: Is your organisation prepared to manage expectations?