Millennial Leaders and Needed Skills for 21st Century


Generation Y has entered businesses in a time of great flux. Truth be told all generations in the workplace are working in a significant time of flux. However, the younger generational cohort is coming into management leadership facing significant changes in the ways we feel about work, for whom we work, and why we work.

Such shifts in attitudes and perceptions of work demand quietly newer or 21st century leadership. In my guest post for our partners and friends at, I explore four leadership skills essential for Millennial leaders given today’s work environments.

I’ll share one here and encourage you to check out the remaining three at

Lead Virtual Teams

Despite Yahoo and Best Buy’s decisions to eliminate or greatly reduce the availability of the option for their employees to work remotely, virtual teams are more common today. With advances in mobile technology and relevant applications, Millennials are again positioned to show us how to deepen trust, build supporting systems that help virtual teams thrive despite the infrequent IRL face-to-face interactions.

Leverage social technologies like Google Hangouts or even Skype to pull a team together for celebrations, important meetings, or to brainstorm solutions to a challenging problem. Use productivity tools with social elements like Asana that help people collaborate more timely and efficiently.

The way we inspire people to want to do great work needs a makeover. Millennials are positioned to amplify what these needed leadership changes need to look like. Read here for more essential skills for Millennial leaders.

Change Leader | Speaker | Writer Co-founder and CEO of Switch and Shift. Passionately explores the space where business & humanity intersect. Promoter of workplace optimism. Believes work can be a source of joy. Top ranked leadership blogger by Huffington Post. The Optimistic Workplace (AMACOM) out 2015

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