Common wisdom suggests that the generations in India are fundamentally different from one another. There are differences in the way the generations dress, consume information, listen to music, and in their ideas about appropriate personal behavior. For example, this generation’s career women don western style pantsuits or pencil skirts and jackets, discarding saris and salwaar-kameez. Newsfeeds are becoming a more popular source of information about events and people. Multi-channel television showcases how tastes in music are diverging. Traditional behaviors toward elders and between women and men also are changing, slowly but surely.

Based on these apparent differences, assumptions are made that the presence of more young people in the workplace will result in a substantial upheaval within organizations. As the generational tides shift due to the retirement and replacement of older employees, will there need to be wholesale changes in how leaders must behave to be effective leaders for the next generation? After all, if younger people are that different, perhaps leaders also have to be different to lead effectively.

But exactly who are the generations currently in the workforce, and what do they really think makes an effective leader?

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