Millennials as Supervisors: Strategies for Success
The Millennial generation, those born between 1980-2000, is moving into manager and leadership positions rapidly with a desire to excel. They have a workplace style that is vastly different than their predecessors. Raised in a praise-based culture, college-bound since kindergarden, Millennials have been protected from failure by over-engaged parents. Different than work-centric Boomers and Gen-Xers, Millennials seek flexible schedules and time for personal pursuits. They perform best with structure, enjoy working on a team, and want their managers to be coaches. They are comfortable challenging authority and the status quo. Millennials bring these values into leadership and management roles. They value equality over hierarchy and expect to make an impact immediately. They are confident and have not had practice dealing with workplace conflict. They are vastly different than their Boomer and Gen-X counterparts who easily bought into climbing the corporate ladder and paying their dues.
Additional Supporting Materials
- What are the leadership, managerial styles, and values of Millennial workers?
- How will the personal and work traits of Millennials transform the workplace as they move up into leadership positions?
- What training and mentorship does this new generation of leaders need to be more successful?
- How does the Millennial manager negotiate new roles that often involve managing peers and workers older than themselves?
- What support does this new generation of leaders need to move from an individual contributor to supervisor?
- Jennifer Selke University of California, Berkeley
Jennifer Selke University of California, Berkeley
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