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As discussed in the article, ”Millennial Management Mistakes and Remedies”, a majority of leaders are uneasy about challenges engaging and retaining employees who are part of Generation Y (Millennials, born between 1980 and 1995). That article shared proven ways women leaders can improve Millennial job satisfaction, engagement and retention.
This article addresses a very different set of challenges coaching and leading Millennials. Every strategy I suggest has been proven effective. The techniques work because they are consistent with the way Generation Y tends to think and act. I’ll also help you discover and effectively channel specific strengths of the majority of Millennials.
This topic is increasingly important for women leaders at all levels because Generation Y will comprise 40% of the U.S. workforce by 2020. Please understand it’s not only critical that you’re able to lead and coach Millennial employees, you must also be able to recruit, train and coach members of Generation Y to serve in leadership positions.
A first step is to better understand and support this vast group of employees and potential leaders. Because today’s business and global problems require the most talented personnel and approaches, we desperately need to cooperatively and creatively design productive work environments for all generations.
Millennial Management Red Flag: Leadership Resistance to Change, Innovation and Creativity
Every Millennial I’ve coached during the past two decades has lived in a complex, uncertain, consistently changing world since they were born. They have repeatedly been cautioned that the world is dangerous and the planet that supports their life is in peril. For many reasons, Generation Y expects change and complexity.
Even though this generation must handle uncertainty like a touchstone in their busy lives, Millennials are often criticized and stereotyped for having “unrealistic confidence”, feeling entitled, burying themselves in technology and failing to develop people skills.
Although it’s true that parents of some Millennials’ coddled their kids during the self-esteem movement when every kid received a blue ribbon for showing up at a competition, we need to address some myths:
- Being a Millennial doesn’t predict feeling either overwhelmed or overly confident by the harsh realities of today’s business world. Generation Y’s life circumstances conditioned them to assume technology can solve many problems. I wholeheartedly disagree with claims that Millennials are narcissistic and presumptions that members of Gen Y think they’re entitled to special treatment. Instead, I applaud Millennials for optimistically searching for solutions.
- Although many Gen Ys would prefer to resolve interpersonal issues using technology instead of engaging in one-to-one conversations, most Millennials sincerely want to improve any hesitancy to resolve interpersonal conflicts in straightforward ways. Gen Ys often say, “Sure, we did a lot of so-called team projects in school, but technology was the real collaborator, not the kids. Now we have to learn more about face-to-face communication.” Millennials are often painfully aware that inadequate people skills create problems at work. Become the leader they can trust to help them prevent and resolve communication glitches, gaffes and emotional bruises. You’ll be valued and rewarded with respect and loyalty.
- Millennials are accustomed to progressing through projects at the speed of good technology. Beginning at young ages, they accessed information from around the world with simple clicks. Western culture not only taught Generation Ys to crave purposeful, meaningful tasks, the majority of Millennials expect substantive work earlier in their careers. Many cannot fathom why Generation Xers and Baby Boomers, when entering the work force, agreed to begin their work life performing low level tasks like filing, sweeping floors and bagging groceries. Regardless of their entry level, many Millennials expect to be promoted as rapidly as possible. The most successful women leaders help Millennials identify and compensate for their weaknesses so they can lead with their strengths.
- Since technologies significantly influenced the wiring of the Millennial brain during a critical human development stage, Generation X and Baby Boomer leaders should stop wasting energy trying to restructure a Generation Y brain that is designed to multi-task. Instead of focusing only on what can go wrong, such as a lack of concentration, savvy older leaders can prevent problems while recognizing how the unique abilities of Millennials can be productively channeled with smart, supportive leadership.
The bottom line is that Millennials expect consistent change. They grew up in a nonlinear world, so they naturally tend to be innovative. Since we know Gen Y also prefers to design creative solutions as part of a team, one winning strategy is to design the collaborative, entrepreneurial environment they need in order to do their best work. This often includes shifting a traditional hierarchy and conventional hours to flexible schedules with accountability.
The first generation to grew up in a fully digital world, Millennials have blurred the lines between home and work. As Millennials often say, “We’ll get our work done and we’ll leverage technology to do it. It shouldn’t matter when we work, only that we do good work and accomplish our jobs.”
Most Generation Ys believe anything is possible in the right environment, as long as leaders employ a solution-focused approach. As evidence, many Millennials point to the fact that, in the most productive companies, hierarchies and bureaucracies have been replaced by flexible, collaborative teams and networks. Millennials tend to be big-picture thinkers. If they think leadership is lost in the small details of a project, you’ll fail to engage their best efforts.
Smart Women Leaders Coach Millennials to Avoid Unnecessary Mistakes
Most Millennials aren’t perfectionistic or afraid to make mistakes. For many Gen Ys, this is socially conditioned behavior. As kids and as young adults, Millennials spent hours at a time playing video games in which they leaped from one imaginary battle to the next, failing more often than winning.
Even though Millennials have been programmed by technology and the uncertainty of today’s world to expect setbacks and challenges, many Baby Boomer and Gen X leaders criticize Gen Ys for plunging into new endeavors without adequate planning, “They expect to make one mistake after another until they eventually succeed.” Older leaders can earn Generation Y’s loyalty and empower this next generation of leaders in many ways, including the following.
- Admire their tenacity and their courage to search for new ways to solve thorny problems.
- Help Millennials discover how to anticipate potential pitfalls, so they can avoid impulsively jumping from one approach to the next, wasting their time, energy and other resources.
Compassionate, savvy women leaders help Millennials mine the gold nuggets hidden within temporary failures. They also coach Gen Y to discover how to elevate their confidence and success with a reasoned, thoughtful approach.
Elevate Your Leadership Success When You Coach and Lead Millennial Employees
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- enhance Millennial job satisfaction, engagement and retention
- recruit, train and coach members of Generation Y to serve in leadership positions.
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© 2019 Doris Helge, Ph.D. as interviewed on “The Today Show,” CNN and NPR. Certified Master Leadership and Executive Coach Doris Helge is author of bestselling books, including “Joy on the Job,” Doris has helped hundreds of leaders like you meet every challenge you’re facing. Click here now to sign up for your complimentary Leadership Coaching Consultation.