Conventional wisdom suggests that Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials in the United States are fundamentally different from one another. And certainly there are real differences—including the way we dress, the way we consume information, the music we listen to, and ideas about appropriate personal behavior.

Many organizational leaders are anticipating a substantial upheaval in work culture and expectations as more Millennials enter the workforce and more Baby Boomers retire. But will there need to be wholesale changes in how leaders need to behave to be effective?

To better understand the generational dynamics at work, we asked a cross section of leaders what they think makes a leader effective. What we found is that— when it comes to leadership— the generations are more alike than different.

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2 thoughts on “What Makes a Leader Effective? U.S. Boomers, Xers, and Millennials Weigh In

  1. Jeremy Kang says:

    Hi.

    I recently red the above white paper and just thought I’d share some thoughts on the findings.

    1. How important is it for a leader to be humane-oriented
    I think when people are young, as in the case of millennials, they tend to focus on their careers and hence have less concern for others. Reversely, as we age we begin to realise that it’s important to treat people with dignity and humanity.

    3. How important is it for a leader to be hierarchical
    I think the reason is that as people get older and gain more experience, they don’t need to be ‘told’ or commanded as to what to do, they know what to do. Thus, authority becomes less important. Millennials, in contrast, are new and hence look to leaders in authority to guide and direct them.
    4. If your manager tells you to do something, you better do it
    As in the previous comment above, as people become more experience, some of them may even know more than their bosses, hence the lower scores for the ‘older’ generation. Mellinnails, by contrast, are less experience, and hence, may tend to follow instructions more.

  2. Jeremy Kang says:

    Hi.

    I recently red the above white paper and just thought I’d share some thoughts on the findings.

    1. How important is it for a leader to be humane-oriented
    I think when people are young, as in the case of millennials, they tend to focus on their careers and hence have less concern for others. Reversely, as we age we begin to realise that it’s important to treat people with dignity and humanity.

    3. How important is it for a leader to be hierarchical
    I think the reason is that as people get older and gain more experience, they don’t need to be ‘told’ or commanded as to what to do, they know what to do. Thus, authority becomes less important. Millennials, in contrast, are new and hence look to leaders in authority to guide and direct them.
    4. If your manager tells you to do something, you better do it
    As in the previous comment above, as people become more experience, some of them may even know more than their bosses, hence the lower scores for the ‘older’ generation. Mellinnails, by contrast, are less experience, and hence, may tend to follow instructions more.

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