CHAPTER 21 Leading Y

Stacey Ashley

As a leadership coach, I hear all too frequently complaints from my clients — mainly Baby Boomers and Gen Xers — that Generation Y just doesn't know what true work ethic is. They maintain that Millennials have little or no commitment and are simply too demanding or difficult to manage. However, my experience as a coach has been quite different. I have witnessed firsthand how Gen Y can represent the very best of human behaviour; many individuals I've encountered are determined to make this world a better place for all of us. When provided with the environment and opportunity to bring out their best, they are a huge asset to any organisation.

Many Baby Boomers and Gen Xers have worked hard to get where they are in their careers, and have been rewarded with status, responsibility and financial returns. It therefore makes perfect sense to them that other people need to do the same if they are to achieve the same kind of recognition and results.

Now, imagine how different these Boomers' and Xers' lives may have been if they had been told from an early age that they could be anything, do anything, achieve anything they desired. In addition, what if members of these generations were urged to follow their dreams and true calling — rather than ...

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