Millennial leaders in the workplace


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Millennial leaders in the workplace

  1. 1. Millennial Leaders in the Workplace Generation Y & Everyone Else
  2. 2. Generation Y <ul><li>Largest generation since the Boomers </li></ul><ul><li>Highly stereotyped generation </li></ul><ul><li>Hypothesize that Gen Y leaders possess the skills to be good employees and managers </li></ul>
  3. 3. Generation Y Traits <ul><li>Negative </li></ul><ul><li>Trophy Kids </li></ul><ul><li>Entitled </li></ul><ul><li>Positive </li></ul><ul><li>Tech savvy </li></ul><ul><li>Creative </li></ul><ul><li>Confident </li></ul><ul><li>Open to change </li></ul><ul><li>Well educated </li></ul>
  4. 4. Generation Y Management <ul><li>“ The boomers are a massive generation and starting to hit retirement age now, and Gen X is a small generation. And even though Generation Jones is a pretty big generation, they’re replacing many Boomers in senior management roles now.” </li></ul><ul><li>-Lisa Orrell, author of Millennials Into Leadership </li></ul>
  5. 5. Generation X, Jones & the Boomers <ul><li>Generation X: 1966 – 1979 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prefer to work solo, introduced work/life balance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Generation Jones: 1954 – 1965 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brady Bunch Kids, optimistic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Baby Boomers: 1942 – 1953 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional and loyal </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Multigenerational Workplace with Gen Y Leadership <ul><li>“ A lot of Millennials find themselves working with or managing people who are older than them. If this is the case for you, you will want to be careful of having an attitude of superiority… even if you feel you know exactly what needs to be done, ask your co-workers for input and be open to learning. This way he or she will want to see you succeed instead of undermining your position.” </li></ul><ul><li>-Alexandra Levit, Wall Stree Journal, Careers & Workplace Columnist </li></ul>
  7. 7. Combating Skepticism <ul><li>“ Skepticism almost always goes away when it’s proven wrong. Gen Y needs to understand what they are up against in the workplace, but then set it aside and do the best they can. That’s all anyone can ask.” </li></ul><ul><li>-Heather Huhman, founder of Come Recommended & author of Entry-Level Tweet: Taking Your Career From Classroom To Cubicle </li></ul>
  8. 8. Managing Gen X, Jones & the Boomers <ul><li>Generation X </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Want direct communication, no group lunches </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Generation Jones </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Possess quiet confidence, desire open dialog </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Baby Boomers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be reverse mentors, be mindful and respectful of their age </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Combating Refusal of Acceptance <ul><li>“ Take the high road and openly discuss the situation. What is bothering him or her? What solution does he or she suggest that would make the situation more comfortable?” </li></ul><ul><li>- Heather Huhman </li></ul><ul><li>“ Make sure you are keeping the lines of communication open. Show an interest in his or her family or hobbies. Once you get to talking about things you have in common, the age difference won’t seem quite as significant </li></ul><ul><li>- Alexandra Levit </li></ul>
  10. 10. Conclusion <ul><li>Not enough Gen Jones or Gen X workers to fill the gap that the Boomers will leave </li></ul><ul><li>Millennials are well poised for becoming leaders in the workplace </li></ul>