Millennials as Leaders: How to Make it Work
If you stay in an executive position for long enough, there will inevitably come a day when someone younger moves into a position parallel (or even above) your own. For many Millennials entering the workforce today, theyíre finding themselves in a leadership position over people much older and more experienced than them.
For the first time in this generation, we see the conflicts in age and executive abilities. So how do we accept younger leaders and how do these younger leaders affect the sort of change that comes with their innovative ideas?
Adopting Structural Changes with a Younger Leader
Whether youíre in a fellow executive position or you see a ďyouthĒ take a leadership position above you, thereís always one thing to remember:
Regardless of age, you all have the same interests at heart: the company, the service, or the product.
Once you remember that everyone is on the same team, itís much easier to move forward. However, if the takeover or switch in leadership is less than smooth, there are "3 L's" for helping your team and the younger executive:
At the end of the day, though, the 3 Lís all come back to communication. If your team is not communicating, it doesnít matter how old or young you are - you havenít learned anything.
Gain Respect as a Millennial Executive
For those young execs and leaders hoping to gain the respect of their elder coworkers and peers, thereís only one true way to do so: Show up. Be consistent and do the work with your team. Also engage in:
Pass on the Torch
Inevitably, this younger generation will be in the shoes of the people they are leading and replacing now. Thatís the beauty of leadership; itís passed on.
When you focus on making that transition as smooth as possible, commit to learning from one another, and keep the end goal (the company) in mind, it wonít matter who is leading. All that will matter is that ideal changes are being made that improve the company and its bottom line!