No matter how long you’ve been running your business, it’s time to pay attention to “next-gen leadership”. More specifically, this is to state that you need to be thinking about millennials, professionals who are generally considered to be born between the early 1980s leading into the early 2000s.
These young individuals have a different scope on things ranging from computers and the Internet to customer service and salary expectations.
In order to not only attract millennials, but also to mentor and guide them, you will need to provide next-gen leadership.
So, What Does This Mean for Your Company?
Essentially, you need to understand the attitude of millennials. By and large, these are educated professionals who are driven, but you also need to display patience as a leader.
In fact, in the article, “What Does Next-Gen Leadership Look Like?,” the author discusses the idea that patience is key.
Younger workers, across all generations, are prone to jump the gun and think that they are able to solve all problems on their first day on the job.
This is where you, as a leader, need to be able to recognize such behavior and thought patterns, providing corrective measures to help new employees to develop and grow.
Allow Yourself to Learn
One of the finer points of being a leader is to allow you to grow and learn.
If you’re not able to do this as an employer, then you might not be as strong of a leader as you think. The truth is that time change, people change, professional and cultural attitudes change.
In order to become and remain successful, you’ll need to adapt not only your own views, but your company’s views to those of professionals who are entering the workforce.
Resisting change can work for a while, but a smart leader will find ways to implement change without goes against the core values of the company.
You Are Training Future Leaders
In the end, your job as a leader is not just to lead, but it is also to train others to lead. This needs to be your mindset in all that you do in a leadership position.
Yes, your job is to generate revenue for your business, but it is also to build up leaders who will take your place in the future.
This is advantageous in that it can provide you with sustainable income with the right leaders in place if you own your business, but it can also ensure your legacy, pension, added benefits, and more if you don’t.
About the Author: Andrew Rusnak is an author who writes on topics that include leadership and business development.