Judge People As Individuals...Not Their Age!

The following article was written by my friend Frances Hesselbein. Frances wrote the foreward for my book, Creating Magic. She is the President and CEO of the Leader To Leader Institute. I highly recommend you subscribe to the Leader to Leader Journal. I find it of great value in improving my own management and leadership talent. I am often asked how to manage these “young people.” I always give the same answer. Manage them and the old ones as individuals. Don’t worry when they were born. A lot of Baby Boomers are not very good performers. I think in fact our younger generation may save us since they are more concerned about values and less about what’s in it for me….Lee

June 2011

Dear Friends,
For years, I have been on the ground interacting with Millennials, Generation
Y, the Crucible Generation as Warren Bennis said—today’s cohort of young
people—many recent graduates: from students at the Hesselbein Global Academy at
the University of Pittsburgh to cadets at West Point to the students at the
University of St. Thomas. I have heard about the action-plans and seen the
results of global students around the world. They are service-forward,
determined to make a difference.

A recent New York Times article
noted between 1989 and 2006, the share of teenagers who were volunteering
doubled, to 26.4 percent from 13.4 percent, according to a report by the
Corporation for National Community Service. A survey of incoming freshmen who
say they plan to volunteer at one University is at a record high of 32.1
percent, a survey found.

In “The Myth of Generational Tensions,” (Leader to Leader Journal, 2010)
Anthony Bell writes that great leaders in for-profit or not-for-profit organizations,
have huge amounts of self-awareness.

Members of Gen Y, for example, are significantly more
likely than Gen X’ers and boomers to say they are more productive working in
teams than on their own. “But it goes beyond knowing your own strengths
and weaknesses,” says Bell, “great leaders are also acutely aware of
their own personal aspirations and values. They know what matters to them and
they lead more by values than by charisma.”

Recently, 300 participants gathered online in our global
webinar, exchanging ideas about Leadership
and Innovation
. Afterward, we encouraged
feedback: Was the conversation valuable? What was the most useful actionable idea? One respondent said, “The webinar reinforced for me the absolute requirement that individuals need to first look within (at their own
thoughts, character and values) and to lead themselves before they can lead others.”Another,
“If you know each other, you work better together.”
As we enter the summer, what leadership qualities do you plan to focus on?

This question of what leadership qualities do you plan ot work on should be in your day planner every day…..Lee

 

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