Originally published: November 22, 2017
If managing gender and ethnic diversity wasn’t a challenge enough for organizations, leading a multi-generational force has emerged a new battle frontier. Each generation brings its unique set of skills, beliefs, attitudes and expectations to the workplaces. They also possess/require different leadership styles and have distinct approaches to decision-making as well as problem-solving.
Most of today’ workplaces comprise of four generations:
- Baby Boomers – born between 1954 and 1964 (workaholic, competitive, optimistic, authoritative, loyal)
- Generation X – born between 1965 and 1980 (entrepreneurial, independent, moderate attachment to employer, tech-pioneers)
- Millennials/Generation Y – born between 1981 and 1997 (open-minded, tech-savvy, self-expressive, job opportunity seekers)
- Generation Z – born since 1998 (highly educated, sophisticated, ultra tech-savvy, pop-culture lovers, brand influencers)