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3 Reasons Why Millennials Are Timid Leaders

Source | | Kimberly Fries

Millennials aren’t kids anymore. While there is some argument over exactly where Generation X ends and where the millennial generation begins, it’s generally agreed that millennials were born between 1982 and 2004.  This means the oldest members of this generation are well into their thirties.

More importantly, it also means that more millennials are now moving into positions of leadership. One issue millennial leaders are facing is that they are falling short when it comes to effectively communicating and this impacts their credibility, productivity, and team building.

What’s the issue? We’re talking about a generation that was practically born connected and communicating. Where is the disconnect?

First, the real reason millennial leaders struggle to communicate doesn’t lie in their ability to have reasoned, productive exchanges with other people. Instead it lies in their circumstance, the very style of their leadership and their personality. I’ll break it down further.

1. Millennials are diplomatic and non-confrontational

Millennial leaders tend to be consensus seekers. They favor openness and care more about the individual needs of everyone on their teams. According to a survey, nearly half of millennials see leadership as “empowering others to succeed.” This can quickly become a double-edged sword.

“No millennial expects employees to follow them blindly,” said Graeme Donnelly, CEO of Rapid Formations. “They value transparency, inclusiveness and a degree of equality in their leadership style. These traits in a person are laudable, but lead to some problems when you’re in a leadership position. How can you communicate your own vision clearly when you’re so focused on the thoughts, desires, and expectations of everyone you manage?”

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