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7 Ways Millennial Leaders Break From Tradition

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7 Ways Millennial Leaders Break From Tradition

By the year 2020, Millennials will make up more than half of the workforce, meaning of course, some members of this generation will have taken on leadership roles. Since Millennials are typically known for disruption and change, it’s safe to say that as this generation takes on more and more leadership roles, the corporate world is bound to shift away from its traditional leadership approach. Here are seven ways Millennial leaders break from tradition:

1. Work for a purpose, not a paycheck.

Millennial leaders empower employees in a different way than traditional leaders. Instead of financial incentives, Millennial leaders choose to motivate their team with pushing them to work towards a purpose. These leaders will strive to align their team with bigger social issues or goals and push them to better themselves, the company, and the community they reside in.

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2. Act inclusively.

Traditional leaders may focus on creating an “us vs. them” mentality, where leaders are to be feared and respected, tucked away in corner offices with their doors shut. On the other hand, Millennial leaders will always choose to blur the line between themselves and their subordinates, instead fostering an inclusive environment where everyone feels equal (even if the paychecks beg to differ). Expect Millennial leaders to mingle with other employees and even hang out with them after hours.

3. Skill shift.

Whereas other leaders rely on years of built up industry knowledge and experience, Millennial leaders tend to rely more on their communication and relationship building skills. Expect Millennial leaders to seek out advice of others when they feel they don’t have the knowledge to make a well-informed decision. Although they don’t have decades of experience under their belts, their soft skills will benefit them when it comes to meeting with potential clients, signing new grocery suppliers, or recruiting top-notch employees.

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4. Performance-based promotions.

Millennial leaders do not believe that employees who have been with the company the longest deserve the most perks or the better jobs. These nontraditional leaders will promote their subordinates based on performance, not tenure, so a newly hired employee could be ranked above senior employees in no time if they come in and make a splash with Millennial leadership.

5. Make decisions together.

Millennial leaders believe the best decision is one that comes from the entire team, not just the leader. That’s why this generation of leaders puts aside the whole mindset of what the boss says is what goes. Millennial leaders are more likely to pull in a team of their employees and open a question for discussion before reaching a decision that the majority of employees can agree upon.

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6. Instant gratification.

Millennials grew up with technology at their fingertips, meaning they have become accustomed to instant gratification and become frustrated when it’s delayed. Expect leaders to want results quickly, and if results don’t come, a clear explanation as to how to get them. Millennial leaders will tend to make decisions quickly, and expect you to do the same, so when under their lead, be sure to think fast on your feet and always have an answer ready.

7. Now accepting feedback.

Although traditional managers may come off as closed off to the world, Millennial leaders welcome feedback from subordinates with a smile. Millennial leaders embrace the open door policy where other employees are invited to to talk, catch up or exchange feedback. This quality truly sets this generation apart from others before it as it allows leaders to grow professionally with the help of both their peers and their subordinates.

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Are you an aspiring Millennial leader? Find out what your strengths and weaknesses are with this free assessment, courtesy of Joel Goldstein!

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Last Updated on November 15, 2021

20 Ways to Describe Yourself in a Job Interview

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20 Ways to Describe Yourself in a Job Interview

“Please describe yourself in a few words”.

It’s the job interview of your life and you need to come up with something fast. Mental pictures of words are mixing in your head and your tongue tastes like alphabet soup. You mutter words like “deterministic” or “innovativity” and you realize you’re drenched in sweat. You wish you had thought about this. You wish you had read this post before.

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    Here are 20 sentences that you could use when you are asked to describe yourself. Choose the ones that describe you the best.

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    “I am someone who…”:

    1. “can adapt to any situation. I thrive in a fluctuating environment and I transform unexpected obstacles into stepping stones for achievements.”
    2. “consistently innovates to create value. I find opportunities where other people see none: I turn ideas into projects, and projects into serial success.”
    3. “has a very creative mind. I always have a unique perspective when approaching an issue due to my broad range of interests and hobbies. Creativity is the source of differentiation and therefore, at the root of competitive advantage.”
    4. “always has an eye on my target. I endeavour to deliver high-quality work on time, every time. Hiring me is the only real guarantee for results.”
    5. “knows this job inside and out. With many years of relevant experience, there is no question whether I will be efficient on the job. I can bring the best practices to the company.”
    6. “has a high level of motivation to work here. I have studied the entire company history and observed its business strategies. Since I am also a long-time customer, I took the opportunity to write this report with some suggestions for how to improve your services.”
    7. “has a pragmatic approach to things. I don’t waste time talking about theory or the latest buzz words of the bullshit bingo. Only one question matters to me: ‘Does it work or not?'”
    8. “takes work ethics very seriously. I do what I am paid for, and I do it well.”
    9. “can make decisions rapidly if needed. Everybody can make good decisions with sufficient time and information. The reality of our domain is different. Even with time pressure and high stakes, we need to move forward by taking charge and being decisive. I can do that.”
    10. “is considered to be ‘fun.’ I believe that we are way more productive when we are working with people with which we enjoy spending time. When the situation gets tough with a customer, a touch of humour can save the day.”
    11. “works as a real team-player. I bring the best out of the people I work with and I always do what I think is best for the company.”
    12. “is completely autonomous. I won’t need to be micromanaged. I won’t need to be trained. I understand high-level targets and I know how to achieve them.”
    13. “leads people. I can unite people around a vision and motivate a team to excellence. I expect no more from the others than what I expect from myself.”
    14. “understands the complexity of advanced project management. It’s not just pushing triangles on a GANTT chart; it’s about getting everyone to sit down together and to agree on the way forward. And that’s a lot more complicated than it sounds.”
    15. “is the absolute expert in the field. Ask anybody in the industry. My name is on their lips because I wrote THE book on the subject.”
    16. “communicates extensively. Good, bad or ugly, I believe that open communication is the most important factor to reach an efficient organization.”
    17. “works enthusiastically. I have enough motivation for myself and my department. I love what I do, and it’s contagious.”
    18. “has an eye for details because details matter the most. How many companies have failed because of just one tiny detail? Hire me and you’ll be sure I’ll find that detail.”
    19. “can see the big picture. Beginners waste time solving minor issues. I understand the purpose of our company, tackle the real subjects and the top management will eventually notice it.”
    20. “is not like anyone you know. I am the candidate you would not expect. You can hire a corporate clone, or you can hire someone who will bring something different to the company. That’s me. “

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