Lessons for Leaders

Posted by Editor Kristi Heidel

The following is an excerpt from David Marquet, We’re All Millennials: Three Lessons For Leaders, Forbes (Apr 2, 2017).

“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”
This quote is from Socrates from 100 generations ago.

The human DNA and chemical reward system hasn’t changed much in 100 generations and certainly hasn’t changed at all in the last two generations.

What has changed is the environment. In the past 40 years, the average US new home has increased from 1,500 square feet to almost 2,500 square feet. At the same time, the average household size has shrunk from 3.0 to 2.6. The result is that the average amount of space each person has at home has doubled!

Additionally, real GDP per capita reported by the Federal Reserve has grown from $29,000 to almost $52,000.

The result of these environmental changes is a change of behavior. Behavior is always a result of personality (genetic wiring and conditioning) and the environment we put people in. In a nutshell, it’s easier for millennials to quit unfulfilling jobs and toxic bosses than ever before. For this I am particularly gratified because it is sending a message that the old days are going away. Bosses will no longer get away with bad workplace behaviors and creating stressful and toxic workplaces.

Millennials are asking to be treated a certain way at work. Here are three takeaways for leaders to treat everyone the way millennials are asking to be treated:

  • Listen
  • Be transparent
  • Invite others into decisions

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