5 Ways Millennials Are Changing Leadership

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Leadership is changing. It always is. That’s something that will never change.

Everything else in leadership can change. The technology used to lead and connect people. The communication tools we keep in contact. And the skills needed to run a successful business.

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The only thing that is constant in leadership (and, really, life) is change.

You have to be okay with change. It’s coming. It’s coming for you.

With the rise of the millennial generation, change is coming even faster. Millennials are change agents through and through.

5 Ways Millennials Are Changing Leadership

While change has been constant since the dawn of time, change is coming quickly with millennials. Especially as they enter into leadership positions.

These changes aren’t something to be feared. Rather, you can begin to embrace the change millennials bring. In doing so, you’ll place your organization on the leading edge.

How To Communicate With Millennials

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One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard about millennials is the way millennials communicate. Scratch that… It’s the lack of communication from millennials.

Or so people say.

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Many people believe millennials are poor communicators. They lack the social and emotional skills to interact with other people.

This is far from the truth. Millennials are great communicators. If you know how to communicate with them.

How To Communicate With Millennials

Millennials are an evergrowing part of the workforce. According to one study, millennials will make up 50% of the workforce by 2020. That’s a large number.

It’s a scary number to many. This is because they don’t know how to communicate with millennials. They see millennials as scary, aloof, and uncaring.

The Problems People Have With Millennials

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Whenever I take a look at millennials and the problems people have with them, I have to chuckle. Most of the problems aren’t common only to millennials.

Every generation has had its outspoken, arrogant, and “selfish” individuals. These are the problems you often hear about the millennial generation. But these are problems every generation have caused.

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So, what’re the real problems people have with millennials?

The Problems People Have With Millennials

1. Millennials desire and live out their passions:

Take a minute and listen to a millennial. Ask them why they work and what they want to do with their lives. Their answer will differ from yours.

You might say you desire to have a nuclear family, a stable, well-paying job, and a home base. The items you want tend to be safety and security. To do this, you are willing to put your passions to the side and work for the man.

What’s Up With Millennials?

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A question that I’ve been asked frequently is: How do you lead a millennial? Many leaders find it a difficult task to effectively lead young adults in this category.

Truth be told, millennials are a hard group to even define. The definition of who is and who isn’t a millennial varies from person to person.

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Is someone in Generation Y a millennial? What about Generation Z? Or could it be someone from Generation X?

The definition of a millennial isn’t clear. That’s okay. Their attributes are.

What Is A Millennial?

When you think of a millennial, what do you think of? Do you think:

  • Man-buns
  • Tight jeans
  • Lazy
  • Selfies
  • Hipsters
  • Unmotivated
  • Cell phone addicts

There’s plenty of negative connotations that come with the label of millennial. It is easy to quickly label millennials lazy or unmotivated or self-centered. It’s what the media tells us millennials are.

My Dog And I Were Attacked And What I Learned From The Incident

Image this: You’ve been cooped up inside because you’ve felt under the weather for four days. You finally start to feel better so you decide to take your dog for a run.

That was me a couple of days ago. I felt like crud in the morning. My throat would burn and I would feel groggy throughout most of the day.

Lok the Vizsla after a run

Lok and I after our run

I was stoked to get outside for a run. Honestly, I think Lok was more excited than I was. Still, you get the picture.

We’re both excited. We run for 4 miles and the run was great. Our pace was just above 8 minutes per mile. There were no stops (other than a couple of potty breaks for Lok). And Lok got to go for a swim.

I think we were both on cloud 9 at this point. We both felt good and we were happy with our run.