Helping Leaders Understand Their Role in Working with Millennials
Having the privilege of working within organizations to create a coaching culture is a very interesting part of my work at The Academy of Leadership Coaching & NLP. In this role I work with my team to consult and guide c-level executives as they create strategic plans to manage their team while giving them powerful coaching and NLP skills to make themselves more effective leaders. It is always so rewarding to see these plans take shape to the benefit of everyone in the organization.
One common question we are asked by leaders in recent years is how to coach, guide and lead the millennials in their charge. Back in June, I wrote a blog post on this very topic.
Today I would like to dig a little deeper and provide a different perspective on what shapes the millennial and why they are challenging to coach as well as the leaders role in coaching them.
Motivational speaker, author and marketing consulting, Simon Sinek was recently featured on Inside Quest. In the video above, he provides several very thought provoking reasons why the millennial generation offers so many challenges for older generations. Take a listen, it is well worth the time!
How are you doing in your journey to lead, coach and guide the millennials in your organization? Here are some things to consider as you examine new ways to engage this creative, smart and loyal new generation of employees.
Are you talking their language? Millennials must to understand why they need to change their behavior. “Because I said so,” is not an effective tactic. Rather they need to know that a change is going to be beneficial for them, for their future success, for the organization, for their team and for the betterment of something bigger than themselves. Millennials are all about cause oriented business. Helping them see how their actions impact the big picture allows them to see their value in the grand scheme of the organization.
Do you harness their exuberance? Have you ever had a kid, just one year out of college say “In my experience…” and think to yourself “What experience? You have no experience.” Millennials are often a bit over-confident of their level of expertise. Instead of getting into a battle with them, use this enthusiasm to help them think outside the box. Engage them in conversation and try to discover what experience they do have and how they came to the conclusions they did. Ask them to think through the things they do know, and come up with ways you can use it to benefit them as well as the organization.
Are you leading them by example or your title? Just because you are the boss, does not mean you need to lord it over those in which you lead. People follow individuals who face challenges and are not afraid to roll up their sleeves to solve problems. Additionally, a good leader is not afraid to encourage those around them to do the same. Trusted leaders do not hide behind their position, they use it to motivate their team.
Are you stereotyping them? In the end, a good leader will take the time to understand how to coach each employee they lead in a way that helps each of them become more successful. This means, they don’t use generalities about millennials or any other age group. Instead they see them each as unique individuals who can offer something of value to the entire team. Good leaders take the time to get to know each of their team member’s strengths and weaknesses and learn to use them accordingly.
Do you need help understanding how to bring a coaching culture into your organization? Are you looking for techniques to speak to the millennial generation and develop their special gifts and abilities? Contact the team at Academy of Leadership Coaching & NLP to learn more about our internal coaching programs.