Leadership Training: Tips for Leading Gen Y

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The Gen Y has made their mark! This new type of employee has been the cause of many management and leadership training challenges and few have truly understood what this generation needs and the thinking that goes behind what is seemingly is an unreasonable and unmanageable mindset.

From a leadership training perspective is imperative that leaders of different generations take the time to get inside the heads of their Gen Y employees and to get an understanding of what makes them tick.

Baby Boomers and Gen X leaders are cut from a different cloth. They are accustomed to principles such as proving yourself, climbing the corporate ladder, loyalty to their organisation, appreciation of opportunity and doing what it takes to get further in their own career paths.

These leaders believe they have earned the right to be at their current level of leadership and have a low sense of entitlement. They have got to their positions through sheer hard work, commitment and perseverance.

Now enter a generation who believe quite the opposite. A true test for leadership training professionals.

These leaders are being called to look beyond their own belief system into the realm of new and different ways of thinking.

Gen Y’s however are not trying to be difficult. They have been brought up in a world that is fast moving. They have their finger on the pulse of changing technology and the internet gives them the information they require in a split second. They can access people around the world and send and receive vast amounts of data in any area of their choice.

This pace defines their lives. Anything slow is boring and anything uninspiring is not worth spending time on. Diversity is king and challenge is a “must have”. If it takes too long, dump it!

Can a leadership training process make any meaningful difference to engage employees that think and behave in this way?

The answer is most certainly ‘Yes’, however without the following key actions it may prove ineffective.

Here are 7 Leadership training suggestions that have proved to be successful:

1. Ensure that your Gen Y employees are involved in decision making.

 As the leadership training guru Ken Blanchard claims, “People support and defend what they help create and decide.”

2. Know their needs and expectations of:
– you as their leader
– their team
– their role
– their career aspirations.

3. Give them ownership and autonomy

Gen Y employees want to feel a true sense of accomplishment. For this reason they do not feel a sense of loyalty to the organisation but rather to their jobs. Give them the opportunity to flourish in the path they would prefer to adopt.

4. Praise and acknowledge

They thrive on recognition and reward for a job well done. Many need this to feel alive and worthwhile.

5. Set up “buddy systems” and small teams

Gen Y’s love to work collaboratively. Get them working together, talking and sharing.

6. Encourage creativity and innovation

Set up brainstorming groups for problem solving and invite suggestions and ideas for new and different approaches. Allow them freedom of expression.

7. Never be prescriptive

Gen Y detests being told what to do and how to do it. Rather be suggestive and avoid using any power style of management or leadership.

The case for leadership training is strong. There certainly is no one right approach and with time we will get to further understand and appreciate this wonderful and challenging generation.

Article Author:  Meiron Lees

Meiron Lees is the director of InnerCents, the company is a leading corporate coaching and training company specializing in
executive coaching, leadership training, leadership management training and sales negotiation training.
URL: http://www.innercents.com.au

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Seven Leadership Traits To Leadership

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This leadership article is all about helping people to liberate the fullness of their talents while they pursue a vision you have helped them to understand is a worthy and meaningful one.

This leadership article is all about helping people to liberate the fullness of their talents while they pursue a vision you have helped them to understand is a worthy and meaningful one.

“Leadership is really a philosophy for life. You are not here to merely make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with a greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand.” Woodrow Wilson

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have never been. To lead is to inspire, energize and influence. Leadership is not about managing things but about developing people.

SEVEN LEADERSHIP TRAITS TO LIFE AND LEADERSHIP

1. Honesty – The quality of being honest
2. Industry – Persevering determination to perform a task
3. Patience – Good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence
4. Perseverance – The act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior
5. Loyalty – is faithfulness or a devotion to a person or cause.
6. Courage – A quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear
7. Humility – A disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride

THE PURPOSE OF LIFE IS A LIFE OF PURPOSE

The greatest irony of leadership is that the more you give, the more you get. And when all is said and done, the highest and most enduring gift that you will ever be able to give is the gift of what you leave behind. Your legacy to the generations that follow will be how much value you have added to your organization and how many lives you have improve.

As the great humanitarian Albert Schweitzer observed,

“There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.”

Or perhaps even more to the point, let me use the words one father offered to his son while he lay on his deathbed;

“Be ashamed to die until you have scored a victory for mankind.”

What makes greatness is beginning something that does not end with you. Take your blinders off and start looking for new opportunities. The best way to succeed in the future is to create it.

Leadership is all about focused action in the direction of a worthy purpose. Leadership is about realizing that the impossible is generally untried. Leadership is not about position, it is about action.

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5 SECTIONS

* Self-Management Skills
* Interpersonal Communication Skills
* Coaching, Counseling, and Problem-Management Skills
* Consulting Skills for Developing Teams and Organizations
* Organizational Development and Versatility Skills

These assessments are very accurate and provide you with tremendous value. I have used these assessments for years which has really helped me to grow as a leader and as a person.

If you would like more information go to: Leadership Skills Inventory – Self (LSI-S)

Have An Awesome Day!
Monique Hrebeniuk

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