Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Millenials Are Ripe For Leadership

This week I have been spending a lot of time thinking about how there is a shift from what has been 'traditional' leadership/strategy to the ever-changing world of the current economy.

Currently, I feel most companies are trying to keep their traditional hierarchies of leadership in order to please their tenured employees. Rightfully, they should. However, more often than not, these companies are falling prey to losing out on the new, young talent necessary to be competitive over the next 20-30 years.

Millenials are looking to make a change. They flock to cities where driving is not required, where innovation happens, and where change is possible. I am not saying all Millenials need to be promoted to leadership positions, far from it. I am saying it is necessary for employers to recognize the need for change to happen. Traditional leadership structures need to change.

Our generation is here to rewrite the rules for corporate America. Recognize what we are on the cusp of doing for the world or we will go elsewhere. Fail to make the shift, and we will go elsewhere. Companies can preach they are changing. Companies can say they need to look at how their prized young talent are already shifted to the needs of the future.

However until we are recognized with the appropriate rewards, the company might as well see us as just another number. 

Personally, I do not know if I am destined towards a leadership role, I hope to be, but I do know each and every employer out there has to come to grips with the fact there are prized talent at the bottom of your ranks aching to achieve something disruptive to make the company more competitive for the future. 

The financial crisis is behind us, anyone who says differently needs to study some  balance sheets. For six years, Millenials have fought for a job and a career. It is time corporate America takes notice of the great possibilities which exist in this generation and start to reward them. The companies that have done this are already names who stand out in this market. I am talking more than just the large tech firms. These companies have shifted to offer better benefits for their employees, such as rewards for being healthy and time off for a new child. These are the competitors in the new market. These are the companies Millenials will want to work for. These are the companies Millenials will buy from and continue to provide with their business.

Our generation will make a bigger impact on society than the Boomers did. Some 'foundational' companies will topple because of it. Others will rise to greater heights. 

Millenials are here to make a difference. Make sure you give us a shot.

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