Turn your employees into leaders

With numerous reports revealing how businesses with the highest quality leaders were at least 13 times more likely to outperform their competition it would suggest, ensuring your workplace consists of a variety of high-quality leaders is of the utmost importance.

Millennials are the generation known for their passion, hard work and driven attitude and are constantly striving for personal and professional development. However, like other generations, Millennials are not all born leaders. It would suggest then, that the right training is invaluable for success!

What does leadership mean to Millennials?

In terms of outlook, Millennials see leadership very differently to the way older generations, such as Generation X and Baby Boomers might. Millennials are constantly aiming to remove themselves from the traditional structured leadership approaches favoured by businesses in the past. Flatter level business structures are favoured over hierarchical management systems, with a key emphasis on collaboration.

In terms of outlook, Millennials see leadership very differently to the way older generations, such as Generation X and Baby Boomers might. Millennials are constantly aiming to remove themselves from the traditional structured leadership approaches favoured by businesses in the past. Flatter level business structures are favoured over hierarchical management systems, with a key emphasis on collaboration.

Leadership, however, is not something all individuals aspire, or are even capable of. It is, therefore, paramount that employers take the lead and ensure all employees understand the requirements of leadership, and that the business are able to pinpoint leadership potential within the individual to ensure the overall success of a business!

Many Millennials have the drive and expectations of rapid career growth and progression and it is the responsibility of employers to ensure their training needs and requirements are met effectively or they risk losing employees to competitors willing to do so.

Employers must ensure their Millennial employees are adequately prepared for new challenges they’ll face as leaders. While many companies realise the importance of leadership training for their budding Millennial employees there are few that implement programs that will ensure all their development needs are met.

Mentor your Millennials

Within popular development opportunities offered to employees, it is reported the mentoring method ranks the highest, surpassing the likes of e-learning and mobile learning programmes, which may seem surprising considering the Millennial generation prefer technological communication as opposed to face to face. This kind of mentoring programme subsequently opens up the possibility of improving relationships, enhancing engagement and having a positive impact on staff retention. The key here is to ensure the person mentoring embodies the key ethics and values of the business, with the patience and knowledge level required.

Hand over responsibility

Millennials have the expectation of being challenged within the workplace. It is therefore important to trust them with their own projects and campaigns, allowing them to take ownership and hopefully relish in a job well done.

Communication

A potential leader should above all be able to effectively and coherently communicate. Due to their perceived behaviour, Millennials can sometimes be construed as arrogant, this will sometimes have a negative effect on other employees. Millennials that are believed to be future leaders should be able to communicate effectively with all ages and demographics across all platforms and have an approachable, inspirational manner.

Making use of today’s technology

As Millennials have the advantage of growing up in the digital age, surrounded by the latest technology updates, businesses and mentors should make use of these advantages and begin to implement them within the appropriate areas of the company.

Are you interested in turning your Millenials into leaders?

Here at Up&Up, our HR experts have the knowledge to help your business and staff adapt and improve. Contact us today!