If you are Generation X or Y, or even worse – a Baby Boomer – you have probably had to give your head a shake or two when it comes to managing millennials. It has been said that managing the current generation entering the workforce is the hardest history. Of course, it has been said over and over for every generation, so maybe it is time to stop blaming the new generation and figure out how to manage them successfully.
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Rather than just think of what makes great leadership, let’s think in the reverse: What is it that creates loyal, devoted, engaged followership? Somebody might think they are a leader, but without committed followers, that person is really just somebody going for a stroll. I have had leaders I would follow to the ends of the earth, as well as leaders that inspired me to a new path just to separate myself from them.
Many organizations recognize the need for leadership development and set about implementing a program to meet that need. Whether the leadership development program is purchased from a vendor or if it is developed in-house, in-depth front-end analysis of the goal and gaps will result in a more effective design. As the realm of learning & development with the most influence on organizational development, the impact of leadership development programs can be phenomenal!
Being a Recruitment Specialist, I spend my days sourcing candidates and speaking with applicants. The number one thing that candidates seem to be looking for in a company is career development and an organization that is going to take a vested interest in their professional growth. Some companies have very extensive training and development programs within their HR departments, but most do not, assumingly because of the cost and effort involved in developing and operating a sophisticated and elaborate training program.
Leadership is traditionally thought of as lying within the domain of formal positions in organizations. In the workplace, CEOs, senior executives, and managers are typically seen as leaders. The Merriam Webster Dictionary (n.d.) provides the following standard definition of leadership: “a position as a leader of a group, organization, etc.”