For companies to find talent and retain talent need to start to think differently.
It is fascinating to see how the new generations are challenging business leaders, as the old paradigm of traditional management is no longer working to keep them engaged, motivated and committed.
New generations are coming with higher virtues and view of the world. For the companies to find talent and retain talent need to start to think differently; as a success for the new generations is not only based on how much money they are making, it is also encompassing contribution, the meaning of their work and how they can integrate it with their life.
As a leader, you must think different, become a conscious leader in connecting with younger generations, here six effective ways that you can do:
1- Have Big WHY: Get clear in your BIG Why, the purpose of your team, your vision, the goals and how each member is contributing to the achievement of it. Communicate and be transparent with your team and how it aligns with the company’s vision & purpose.
2- Set goals together and give feedback: Traditional management tends to tell people what to do, that doesn’t work for new generations. To get engagement and motivation, take the time to set goals together, go over why they are important and how they benefit them in the long term. Discuss the contribution to the purpose of the team by achieving those goals, provide feedback and keep accountable, be a coach to them!
3- Communicate expectations: Intentionally bring to awareness the expectations of the team. Discuss what you expect as a leader from each of them, what do they expect from you and what do they expect from each other. Having clear the rules of engagement brings clarity, alignment and productivity.
4- Understand their motivators and natural talents: Know what motivates your team members, everyone is different. Be intentional in your listening skills, ask and understand why they do what they do, their values; recognize when they are at their best naturally, when you know this encourage to incorporate more of those activities in their work and make them a true strength
5- Be emotional intelligent: Be very self-aware of your emotions and how it is driving you in any interaction with the members of your team. Sometimes we get frustrated, stress, anxious or upset; unconsciously we might be reacting in a negative way that they don’t deserve, causing stress in the health of the relationship. Be present in every interaction, acknowledge what has been said and don’t let your emotions managing you.
6- Practice empathy: Be open and transparent about what’s going on, do your very best to be in their situation and see their perspective. When we understand others point of view, it helps us to connect and authentically care for them.