You Can’t Lead The 21st Century Generation With A 20th Century Mindset!
A few years ago, our house needed major renovations which forced us to move out for the work to be done. The first few days at our temporary house, my son who was about 6years at the time, would cry irritably every night before he could sleep. I really couldn’t figure out why, until he revealed that the house was too hot. I should confess that I was angry, but before I got mad at him, it hit me that since the first day this boy got home from the hospital, there was an air conditioner running in his room.
Mind you, I grew up in a village (Mmadinare) and my parents’ house didn’t have air conditioners, so my son’s view of an air conditioner was very different from mine. This reality goes for many other things like their nerve, how they maintain relationships, work ethic & their outlook towards life in general.
This is the biggest challenge for today’s leadership: most, if not all leaders are leading a generation born into a different world than the one they grew up in. Trying to make this generation understand your ordeals like going next door to watch a black & white television set, days of no cell phones & days of family evenings around the fire sharing folktales, is irritating as they can’t relate to that at all.
You can’t lead the 21st century generation (millennials) with a 20th century mindset.
Embrace this generation, appreciate their world view, create a common ground where your wisdom will connect with their energy to grow your organisation forward.
Alvin Toffler once wrote, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
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