• Maureen O'Toole

New Generations Need New Leadership

What I’m Thinking About: Older Leaders, Outdated Leadership Style

In America, we now have 5 generations in the workforce: Greatest Gen, Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z. Each has its own “personality” and expectations for workforce behavior and leadership styles. The Greatest Gen and Boomers are the “old dogs” in the workforce and were raised with, responded to and often repeated a negative autocratic style: “My way, no highway!”, “If I wanted your opinion, I’d have given it to you.”, “Just do as you're told.”, and “I lead, you follow.”

Why You Might Be Thinking About This: Voiceless Employees Vote with Their Feet

Estimates are that Gen Xers, Millennials and Gen Z make up more than 70% the work force and are looking for a voice, choice and leadership opportunities. And these three generations are the future business leaders as the Greatest Gen and Boomers move out of the workforce rapidly. Without a voice, choice and opportunities to manage and lead, the bright, energetic, future-looking employees will be looking for the door.

Why It’s Worth Thinking About: Future Leaders Learn from Current Leaders

The legacy role of a leader is to develop the next leaders. Leaders who use an old, counter-productive style are not preparing their business or their team members for the future. As leaders, it’s our job to teach and model the positive, forward-looking, inclusive leadership that younger employees are seeking. Not sure how to shift your old leadership style? Read books, listen to podcasts, watch online leadership talks, find an Executive Coach, get training - do what you need to do to connect with your younger employees.

Better yet, let The Sandbox Group help you.

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