As millennials age, career advancement is naturally putting them in the position of managers and leaders within organizations. Chances are, if you haven’t been managed by a millennial yet, you likely soon will be. As a millennial manager, you will face the pressure to earn respect from your elder peers and “prove yourself” in your new position. Learn how to improve your managerial skills to ensure that your organization runs smoothly and your employees work happily and effectively.
Be a coach.
One common stereotype is that working in a digital age means millennials don’t need as many face-to-face interactions like their older peers. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Millennials are just as excited about seeking opportunities to connect with their peers as any previous generation. As a millennial manager, you should ensure that these employees get the face time and coaching they need to thrive in their roles. A good way to do this is to set up weekly progress meetings or treat your employees to a one-on-one lunch. It’s important to make sure that your employees know you are more than just a name in their inbox.
Culture is key.
Effective leaders understand that true leadership is not about them individually, but the kind of organization they create. Leaders must work to ensure their company culture is not disrupted or hindered by anyone in the organization. It is also important to ensure that the people you hire embrace the culture of your organization. In the interview stage, look out for key signals such their tone of voice, and body language. You want to hire the right talent who will not only fit the role, but also enhance your work environment.
Never lose sight of your team.
We have all been there. Suffered a major client loss, undergone through internal restructuring, and lived days when we don’t feel motivated by our work. When the hard days occur, it is important to focus on embracing your team and ensuring they feel valued. Book a company wide retreat, talk with your employees, and gauge their thoughts in times of high stress. Actioning on ideas such as these will ensure your team morale remains high and that employees feel as though your company is the right place for them.
Leadership advice changes as technology evolves and there is no way to become a ‘perfect’ manager. Keep learning from your employees, listen to their need, and always try and create a team culture – this will ensure your success as a manager no matter who you are managing.