Magazine article New Zealand Management

The Generation Game

Magazine article New Zealand Management

The Generation Game

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New generation "X" and "Y" bosses are expected to be better people managers than their predecessors, according to Avril Henry, a human resources specialist and author of Leadership Revelations: An Australian Experience.

Speaking at a recent business breakfast in Auckland, Henry advised New Zealand managers to be acutely aware of the different views and values each generation has toward career, loyalty, family, flexibility and work/life balance and treat each accordingly.

While baby boomers tend to be more loyal to an employer, generations X and Y put career path first but respond well to inclusive and collaborative styles of leadership, she said. And while baby boomers often fail to recognise good and bad performance for fear of cultivating a tall poppy syndrome or offending, X and Y require regular constructive feedback and are determined to be better bosses than those they have worked under--commanding and returning respect.

Henry concluded that smart leaders should start adopting an inclusive and collaborative leadership style now as Gens X and Y won't hang about and "would rather be self-employed than work for a bad manager".

But are the generational differences overstated? …

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