My daughter is working as an intern at my company this summer. In two years she will graduate college and join me in the full-time work force. Two years later my son will graduate and join us as well. The two of them have very different thoughts and expectations about work and learning than I do. As I watch how they interact with their friends, I try to imagine what it will be like when their generation becomes the dominant presence in work place. The implications for how we will need to prepare for generational differences in approaches to learning, communication, and working together in general are profound. This got me thinking, "how managing is going to need to change?"
In chapter 7 of the book, titled Accelerated Leadership, Meister & Willyerd provide some answers. They present an integrated model of leadership and management that describes the kind of leader that will be needed and some of the behaviors that will be required in the course of managing. The five leadership areas they identify are as follows:
- Collaborative Mind-set - leaders will need to be comfortable engaging in inclusive decision-making, networked leadership and soliciting feedback.
- Developer of People - leaders will need to mentor and coach their teams, provide honest feedback, career guidance and learning opportunities.
- Digitally Confident - leaders will need to be able to use technology to connect to employees - and customers.
- Global Citizen - leaders will need to have a diverse mind-set, be able to work well cross-culturally, and exhibit social responsibility.
- Anticipates and Builds for the Future - leaders will need to champion innovation and build accountability across levels to bring about the desired future state.