For the first time in history we have four generations in the workplace, changing the work we do, how we do that work, and why we are motivated. Just as ethnic background, gender, socioeconomic class, and other demographics shape our world so do our generational experiences.
Social good is heavy on the minds of the next generation of leadership. Generation X and Millenials are spending their time, money, and human capital in ways that both strive to achieve their personal and professional goals. If there isn’t a place at the proverbial table, the next generation is setting their own table.
There are an increasing amount of publications and resources about what the next generation wants and is motivated by. Simultaneously, next geners need to understand and learn about Traditionalist and Boomer leaders and staff members in order to learn and grow. Motivations and work styles are shifting meaning that cross-generational understanding is more important than ever.
Leaders of all kinds need to have an orientation to the life events, experiences, and communication styles that shape past, current, and future leaders. No longer is it essential to climb the corporate ladder for success; the traditional model of hierarchal leadership is morphing. Rather than working top-down, side-by-side leadership is changing innovation in the workplace. Today’s leaders come in all shapes, sizes, colors, experiences, and ages.
What experiences have you had related to multigenerational leadership? Do you have challenges and successes to share? What is one thing you have learned about leading across generations?
Join me on August 13 for the Impact Hub Boulder’s Workbench to uncover perspectives and learn strategies that will leverage every generation in your professional world.
About Leadership Across Generations:
From Working Across Generations to Liquid Leadership, harnessing multi-generational leadership is a clear and present priority. Four generations in the workplace present a challenge for getting the most out of each generation to serve your mission.
Luckily, there are resources available that explain the characteristics of each generation, what motivates them, and strategies that leverage the best leadership qualities no matter the age. Join Impact Hub Boulder and EDA Consulting for Leadership Across Generations to learn practical ways to build up current leaders in your organization and prepare the path to new leadership. In this training you will:
- Understand leadership dynamics and challenges among the four generations.
- Identify strategic and attainable solutions to bringing the gap among generations.
- Find a more inclusive approach to working with next generation leadership.
- Learn how to best motivate staff leadership across generations.
When: August 13, 2013 4:00 – 5:30. Light snacks and beverages provided. Book signing for Fundraising and the Next Generation to follow.
Where: Impact Hub Boulder, 1877 Broadway, Suite 100, Boulder, CO
About the Author: Emily Davis, MNM, is the President of Emily Davis and Associates Consulting, author Fundraising and the Next Generation; 21/64 family philanthropy consultant; & BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. She provides consulting, training, and speaking to and for nonprofit and philanthropist leaders on communications, governance, and philanthropy. Emily serves in advisory roles for Nonprofit World Magazine, Nonprofit Cultivation Center, and Social Venture Partners of Boulder County. She has received & been nominated for a number of awards throughout the country. Emily has her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. For more information about Emily and EDA Consulting LLC visit her website and blog.