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4 Tips for Leading Across Generations

For the first time in history, we are faced with the challenge of simultaneously working with five different generations in the workforce. Each generation is characterized by its own unique working style and values. So how does one become an effective leader working with such a wide range of people? Here are some tips to master the art of leading across generations.
  1. Be interested in generational differences. One can’t be an effective leader without showing some interest in your team and their preferred styles and values. Make a point to get to know each member of your team and what working style suits them best. It’s important to know the strengths of your own generation, but the ability to work effectively with the strengths and weaknesses of different generations will give you the edge you need.
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  3. Show respect for each generation. Just because you don’t understand someone’s process or values doesn’t mean they are wrong, only different.
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  5. Observe reactions across generations. Since each generation has different desires and needs, make sure you are taking people’s feelings and behaviors into consideration. You can gain a lot of insight by simply observing how different members of your team react to a common situation.
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  7. Be aware of the impact of your behavior on other generations. You need to model the behavior you want to see in your teams, regardless of which generation they’re from. You may have a different way of thinking than the rest of your team and it’s important to be able to back up your decisions, as well as take other viewpoints into consideration.
 
 
 

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