Millennials are wonderful. And no, I’m not just saying this because I raised three of my own. I’m saying this because it’s the truth, says, Frances McIntosh, who helps leaders, teams, and organizations build stronger relationships through effective communication. This article originally appeared in Forbes.com.
With their creative and elastic minds, their ability to work with passion and their hunger for knowledge, millennials are exciting — not to mention educational —to be around. Just as with any other generation, isn’t it time we start acknowledging their strengths?
Leadership means people watch you–not to what you want to say or do, or mean to, but what you actually say and do.
According to Joshua Spodek, Author of, ‘Leadership Step by Step’ Attention to detail counts. We concur! Not sometimes, but always. What Vince Lombardi said about winning applies to leadership: “Leading is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t lead once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Leading is a habit. Unfortunately, so is failing to lead.”
Great leaders know they have to motivate employees by painting a clear picture of where the job is heading and what is waiting for them down the road. Nothing motivates people in quite the same way as vision-casting for employees. If you can muster enough empathy for that employee, you know the job is a bit tedious.
A culture of trust yields higher engagement, happier employees, greater productivity, and higher profits. And it all starts in the brain.
Call it intuition, call it gut instinct, it doesn’t really matter. We’ve all experienced it in some way. My intuition has saved my life three times. And if I had listened to it more, it would have saved me a lot of grief and money over the years.
In business it manifests with people, deals, projects, opportunities, customers – so many ways. We get a feel for what is going on with no real information, just a sense of what is going on and what we need to do about it. But for many people, the ability to hear and feel their intuition is a lost skill.
During his tenure, he helped grow the company from 28 stores to over 15,000 stores spanning five continents. He now dedicates a large part of his time to the development and education of future leaders and has been a longtime advocate of Servant Leadership. Behar was asked by Fox how more companies are able to create workplaces where employees’ voices matter and people thrive.
Think about your day-to-day interactions in the workplace: Specifically, how do you react to the question, “How are things going?” We bet that, more often than not, your response is, “I’m so busy” — or words to that effect.
In fact, society has reached a point at which saying “I’m so busy!” is the standard response and has even become a kind of badge or symbol of importance — “Of course I’m busy; I’m important!”
This is not a healthy trend, especially considering how an emphasis on being “busy” has trickled down from company leadership to general staff. Today, all levels are displaying this behavior: Employees who rank lower and earn less are just as fixated as executives on staying busy — or at least appearing to be.
Traditional leadership models were built on hierarchies and managing from the top down. Today we’ve evolved to collaborative leadership models, which has moved customary CEO roles from the one to the many. Richard Branson and other famed leaders built their success with a collaborative approach. Let Branson’s favorite quotes on the topic inspire you to do the same.