As the workforce gets younger, the amount of Millennials comprising your team is growing. It is important to understand how they think in order to be a good leader and manager for them. Providing leadership for working millennials means changing your own patterns of thinking and stepping into their shoes. Here are some tips to get you started.
Working millennials are looking for ethics and honesty in their leaders above and beyond any other values. To build trust with them, you need to exhibit ethical behavior in how you manage your team and in general work situations according to a recent survey by IBM. IBM studied employees in 12 countries to achieve the results from this survey.
Since they have grown up in a world where you can look up anything you want on the Internet, working millennials value transparency. They are information collectors, and hiding information from them will not help you curry favor. Instead, acting in a transparent manner in your leadership role will gain their trust, help you build a loyal team, and lead to employee happiness.
Be Dependable and Consistent
Working millennials are looking for a leader that they can rely on. Following through on your commitments to them will hold you in good stead as a manager. By being dependable in a consistent manner, you will prove your reliability and give them a reason to trust and rely on you. Consistent dependability is a characteristic that they can see through your actions as a leader.
Be Open to New Ideas
Working millennials want a team leader who is open and accepting of new opportunities and ideas. They don’t need to be appreciated as much as heard when they offer their opinions and suggestions for the workplace. By listening to what they have to say, and considering their point-of-view seriously, you can build a solid working relationship with your team.
Clearly Define Expectations
As someone leading a team, having clearly defined expectations is always helpful. In the spectrum of behaviors valued by millennials in the workplace, this one comes in as number five. While not as important as the previous four values, clearly defined expectations are still important to Millennials. By defining your expectations, you are giving them clear indicators of what they need to do to do well and advance. As information seekers, they can put this information in their “vault” to keep in mind as they work.