Leading Millenials--and Millenials Leading Us

According to a recent Forbes article, Millennials are the largest generation in the workforce. By 2020 they will make up half of the total workforce. Chances are if you don’t have a millennial manager now, you will be getting one soon.

When a baby boomer has a millennial for a boss, the number one challenge is the perception of lack of credibility, and possible resentment about “taking orders” from someone young enough to be their children.   Millennials who are fully qualified from a technical and business standpoint may lack the emotional intelligence, maturity and wisdom to respect the experience and knowledge to lead workers older than themselves.  What can we do? 

  • Treat each other with respect

  • Listen carefully, with empathy

  • Assume good intentions--value both experience and a fresh perspective. Timing is everything!