Chances are, if you were born before 1982, you walked to school (up hill both ways), ate mystery meat in the cafeteria, suffered through bullying, and wrote letters to pen pals with a No. 2 pencil – in cursive, of course!
But if you were born in 1982 or later, you were part of the most protected and supervised generation in history. The Millennials. Gen Y. Which means you were probably shuttled to school and countless other activities in a car seat, never ate in a school cafeteria that served peanut butter, received trophies for participating, and used technology to learn. (Thank goodness for spellcheck! LOL.)
Yes, school was different and so was parenting. Before 1982, children spent a great deal of time without adult supervision. Since1982, children have spent a great deal of time with adult supervision.
In 1982, the child-rearing pendulum shifted from independence, freedom, and using your imagination to one of structure and scheduled activities focused on almost constant learning and achievement. And parents started giving up their free time to focus almost entirely on their children’s lives and activities.
As the Millennials become the majority of the workforce, we’re beginning to understand how ‘Helicopter Parenting’ influenced this generation’s expectations of work and leadership.
To this young majority, a great leader is thought of more as a person devoted to a cause than as an executive running a business.
To them, the best leaders won’t have all the answers, be trustworthy, visionary, open to collaboration, and capable of lighting the spark that motivates others.
After all, this is the kind of leadership the Millennials have always known. This is the kind of leadership they were taught.
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