Millennials. The term has been in use in business and academic circles for the last decade. And a good deal has been written, debated, and discussed about the next generation.
If you were born between 1980 and 2000, you are part of a demographic that shares a number of interesting traits. Traits, it is argued, that clearly distinguish you from all of your predecessors.
You are, for a start, a generation of digital natives.
You tend towards idealism. Your need for feedback is often confused with a sense of entitlement. You choose teamwork over hierarchy. Your loyalty to the environment and to society in general is as great as (if not greater than) your loyalty to your employer.
For you, giving back is as paramount as driving the bottom line.
Everyone is talking about your generation.
And a lot of the talk is about the challenges that come with managing you in the workplace.
But as we head into the third decade of the 21st century, perhaps a more relevant question is: what kind of leaders are your generation going to be?
And how are you going to shape the future of management?
“Millennials are maturing. And as they start to rise through the ranks of leadership, they are going to face a number of challenges that are quite unique to their generation,” says Professor Dirk van Dierendonck of Rotterdam School of Management.
Read the full version of this article on the website of Rotterdam School of Management.