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Millennials, Do You Have This One Essential Leadership Quality?

Millennials, Do You Have This One Essential Leadership Quality?

In the last few years, there has been one leadership quality that has made headlines more than any other: grit. This characteristic is said to predict success more than all other factors including IQ and family structure. So, what do Millennial leaders with grit have that others don’t? See if you recognize any of these characteristics in yourself to determine whether or not you have grit:

Show courage.

Almost everyone has a fear of failure, but Millennials with grit are able to manage these fears. When referring to leaders with grit, courage means not letting the fear of failure prevent you from taking calculated risks or accepting new challenges that could have huge payoffs. Leaders without courage will not be able to drive the company in the right direction, instead constantly playing it safe on the sidelines.

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Think long-term.

Millennials grew up with instant access to the Internet, and because of this, so many Millennials demand instant gratification, which is one reason why this generation has the negative stereotype of being entitled and unwilling to work. Many people within this generation don’t think far in advance, so their decisions are made based on what will have the greatest returns right this second. Some Millennials don’t feel the need to work hard in the present unless they can see an immediate reward for their efforts. Millennials with grit are able to put aside their need for instant gratification and wait for bigger returns. These rare Millennials understand that putting in extra effort now may not pay off tomorrow, and they’re completely fine with waiting.

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Imperfectly perfect.

Leaders with grit don’t get caught up in analyzing every little mistake and worrying about everything being perfect. Did you invert two numbers on a document sent to your team of distributors that caused confusion? Gritty leaders remember to have another set of eyes on anything sent out next time instead of beating themselves up about it. These gritty leaders see mistakes as learning opportunities and embrace them. They don’t ever strive to be perfect, instead striving for excellence. In the eyes of these leaders, a bumpy road to the top of the highest mountain is a much better path to take than a smooth road to the top of a hill.

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No reassurance needed.

Some Millennials need to be reassured by receiving recognition and rewards to be told they’re doing a good job, however those with grit do not. These Millennials do not rely on others’ opinions to tell them when they’re making the right decision, and instead trust in themselves to find the way. They don’t need to be told they’re on the right path in order to be motivated to continue, they find motivation within themselves. Confidence is key for gritty leaders, so there’s no room for insecurity or second-guessing on the way to the top.

Endurance.

Millennials with grit don’t let obstacles or hurdles get in the way of their success, they continue to power through the storm to get to their end destination. Some Millennials may become frustrated that reaching their goals takes longer than expected, and may decide to quit before achieving it, often leading to job-hopping or changing career paths. Millennials with grit understand that only the strong survive in the business world, and will endure anything thrown their way to stick it out and achieve success.

If you would like to know more about what it takes to be a business leader and how you can personally improve your abilities in any work environment, check out the link to my website at the bottom of the page.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2018

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

I went through a personal experience that acted as a catalyst for an epiphany. When I got fired from a job, I learned something important about myself and where I was headed with my freelance career. I realized that the most important aspect of that one rather small job was the influence of the company owner. I realized that I wasn’t hurt that the company and I weren’t a perfect match; I was devastated by the stark fact that I needed a mentor and I had almost found one but lost her.

Suddenly, I felt like J.D., the main character in “Scrubs,” chasing Dr. Cox and trying to rip insight and wisdom from someone I respect. The realization that a recognized thought-leader and experienced entrepreneur severed ties with me felt crushing. But, I picked myself back up and thought about five ways to acquire a mentor without having the awkwardness of outright asking.

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1. Remember, a professional mentorship must be mutual.

A professional mentor must agree to engage in a mutual relationship because, as the comedy T.V. series showed us, one simply cannot force someone to tutor us. We have to prove that we are worth the time investment through persistence and dedication to the craft.

2. You have to have common interests with your mentor.

Even if a professional mentor appears at your job or school, realize that unless you and this person have common interests, you won’t find the relationship successful. I’ve been in situations where someone I respected had vastly different ideas about what was important in life or what one should spend his or her free time doing. If these things don’t line up, you may find the relationship won’t be as fruitful, even when the mentor knows a great deal about one industry.

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3. Thought-leaders will respect your passion.

One of the ways you can prove yourself worthy to a professional mentor is through your passion and your dedication. No one wants to spend time grooming and teaching another who will not take advice or put the effort in to improve. When following thought-leaders on Twitter and trying to engage with higher-ups in a work setting, realize that your actions most often speak louder than your words.

4. Before worrying if he respects you, ask if you respect him.

On the other side of the coin, you should seriously reflect on those common interests and make sure you respect your professional mentor. Just because someone holds a title, degree or office does not mean that person is trustworthy or honest. Don’t be swayed by appearances and take the time to find a suitable professional mentor.

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5. Failure is often the best way to learn

I honestly have made more mistakes than I can count. I know I’ve learned a great deal from poorly organized businesses and my own poor choices. The most important quality I’ve developed is an ability to swallow my pride and learn from my mistakes. If life knocks me down nine times, I get back up 10 times. One of the songs Megadeth wrote, “Of Mice and Men,” resonates in my mind when I pull myself up by my bootstraps and try again for a goal I’ve set: “So live your life and live it well. There’s not much left of me to tell. I just got back up each time I fell.” Hopefully, this brief post can act as a professional mentor to you in your quest to find not only a brave leader but also a trusted adviser.

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