Leading within the Organization

Focus: How can I empower others to lead within our culture?

You can empower others by taking time to understand who the "others" are. We currently have 4 generations of workers in the job market. 

The key to managing 4 generations in the workplace is the ability to communicate across all generations or GEN-FLEX. Take time to listen to these two videos by Cam Marston author of the book, Motivating the "What's in it for me?" Workforce.

  • Managing Four Generations in the Workplace, Part I
  • Managing Four Generations in the Workplace, Part II

In order to begin a conversation across generations in the workplace, use the following chart to appreciate our similarities and differences.

  World War II Baby Boomers Generation X Millennials
Outlook Practical Optimistic Skeptical Hopeful
Work Ethic Dedicated  Drive Balanced Ambitious
View of Authority Respectful Love/Hate Unimpressed Relaxed, polite
Leadership By.... Hierarchy Consensus Competence Achievement, pulling 
Relationships Self-sacrifice Personal gratification Reluctance to 
Loyal, inclusive
Perspective Civic-minded Team-oriented Self-reliant Civic-minded
Turn-offs Vulgarity Political incorrectness Clichés, hype Cynicism, condescension

Photo of chart available here

Millennials are the largest group in the workforce, so we need to understand their perceptions and skills.

Who are the Millennials? 

1. Determine a personal trait

2. Determine a professional trait 

3. Identify your Millennial student 

There are actually 9 types of millennials attending universities and working in healthcare. Read more about the 9 types of millennials! 



Assess your personality by using one of the following free tools:

“Knowing your personality well is the key to a happy and successful life.” (Personality Net Inc.)  As a manager, being aware of team personalities can help you build a better team.  As an employee, understanding your personality can help you work better with others.

  • The Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II (KTS®-II) is the most widely used personality instrument in the world. It is a powerful 70 question personality instrument that helps an individual discover their personality type. The KTS-II is based on Keirsey Temperament Theory™.
  • The Personality Test is a free, informal, online version of the Myers Briggs Personality Type assessment. Over the sixty years since its inception in 1943, the MBTI or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® has evolved and been perfected through continual test research and development of ever more accurate questions.