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How millennials challenge traditional leadership

Lauren Brousell | Aug. 5, 2015
Millennials say they don't care about money, legacy or hierarchy, and instead aspire to be collaborative, empowering and transformational leaders. However, many millennials also say their organizations lack the necessary corporate training programs to get them there.

Millennial, Boomer leadership styles differ
When it comes to styles of leadership, 63 percent of the millennial respondents said they want to be transformational leaders who challenge and inspire others with purpose and excitement. The second most desired leadership style was "democratic" (22 percent), defined as "sharing decision-making with followers." Rigid leadership styles were less attractive; only 1 percent of those surveyed want to be autocratic leaders that impose strict control over policies and procedures. Boomers have traditionally embodied this leadership style, according to Dan Schawbel, founder of and managing partner of Millennial Branding, a millennial-focused research and management consultancy.

"Boomers have been autocratic leaders that are all about command, control and policies, such as working nine-to-five," he says. "Millennials want to create a more collaborative environment where they exchange ideas with peers and accomplish a mission instead of a corporate culture that's rigid with policies and procedures."


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