Adapting leadership styles to address the needs and qualities of followers is one of the main components of effective transformational leadership.
The millennial generation, also referred to as generation Y, is the latest emerging group of employees. These are people born between 1980 – 2000 and are different from generation X that preceded them.
Today, the generational issues have taken a different role in the society making them more significant. There are several ways in which this generation differs from its predecessors.
Technology and Millennials
Millennials are uniquely familiar with technology since they grew up with iPhones, PCs, and the Internet.
They do not resist, but rather embrace the latest technologies. Additionally, they are interconnected and may become well known in social media channels since they spend plenty of their time online tweeting, texting, and posting. Millennials are seldom alone, are networked, and can collaborate without fear of asking others for assistance.
Millennials want to be heard and do not want their ideas to be ignored.
They like being part of decisions and are not believers of authority or hierarchy, and love environments that are fun to work in. The job market is tough and millennials have realized the need to be innovative, flexible, and creative to support the organizations they work in.
Many organizations have realized Millennial’s needs and are now creating employee centered environments to attract them and retain their skills and talents.
So how does one lead and manage this group successfully?
The first thing a leader needs to do is realize how creative and good this age group is at multi-tasking.
However, Millennials need structure for their technological expertise and ability to work as a team to become a business advantage. Millennials are idealistic and have a clear picture of what kind of leaders they want. They want a hero that is fair and has integrity as well as concern about individual employee situations. Knowing how to lead them will be the key of succeeding in the future.
Learning how to evaluate the performance of the business, utilize direct resources, plan projects, and communicate effectively will be invaluable.
Every company needs a good leader who knows how to organize resources, space, materials, money, and time proficiently. The leader will be able to find solutions that are creative and steer Millennial staff in a direction that is positive. A Masters degree in Human Resources or Business Management would be a wise investment towards helping leaders know how to best lead Millennials.
Leaders of Millennials will have to sell his or her ideas and take actions that are positive with minimal risks.
Leaders have to work to unite Millennials and show them how to have positive project outcomes. In this way leaders can also gain learning experiences. For example, leaders will be learning how to think analytically, make decisions and communicate in a way the Millennial generation will understand. In the same way leaders can minimize their weaknesses.
If leaders focuses on roles of individuals, he or she can maximize efforts of every member on the team. Whatever the size of the team, the leader will assume responsibility of elevating contributions so the goals of the company will be achieved.
Leading Millennials may be the new frontier in management, but it is one that needs to be conquered if you intend to stay at the top of the leadership pyramid.
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