Society has changed and leadership must change with it. Engaging with Generation Y and Z should be at the forefront of the mind of any sports coach, leader, and business owner. Generation Y are born 1977 – 1996. Generation Y, commonly shortened to Gen Y is perceived to have a disregard for authority and being selfish.
Society has changed and leadership must change with it
This was certainly my initial point of view based my interaction with Team GB in-line hockey, since then I have learned how to get the best out of Gen Y. You may need to challenge your assumptions about Gen Y and ask yourself what you can change about yourself rather than how to change Gen Y. Societies change and we have to learn to change with them.
Trying to force a new generation to think your way, which is ultimately influenced by the environment you were raised in, will only be met with frustration on both sides. Initially I was frustrated and my frustration was further increased when one of the players sent me a list of the players that he thought should be on the team, including himself of course!
This is quite typical of Gen Y. Don’t be surprised if a fresh grad in your business tries to arrange a meeting with your CEO to discuss the future of the business.
Generation Y have ideas and they want to be heard
At Winning Mindset Consulting we understand Generation Y and how to get the best out of them. We have experienced coaching Gen Y in both the sports and the business arena. Gen Y will graft, they will be focused and they will add value to your organisation.
The five rules for leading high performance teams: