Whether in their classrooms, in their workplaces, or in their communities, millennials are proving their desires not only to be great leaders of others but also to be great leaders of themselves.
As we near the quarter mark of this century, individuals in the millennial generation are continuing to take a strong command of the workforce, creating changes in dynamics, culture, and ideas pertaining to how companies and their employees should function. These generational transformations include the notion of what it takes to be a leader.
Millennials tend to lean toward a belief that one must be a strong self-leader in order to be an effective leader of others. More and more individuals in this younger generation are gravitating toward a variety of practices that allow them to rely on themselves — think business endeavors, education, and publishing, to name a few. Doing so allows them to continue to hone the skills of self-leaders, which Ken Blanchard describes in “Self-Leadership: More Important Than Ever” as those who have their priorities in order, take initiative, and work to find solutions to problems.
A key aspect of those beneficial habits — taking initiative — is crucial in a workforce that currently sees a growing number of individuals working remotely and not in offices every day where they are overseen by their managers. Being able to have a firm grasp on self-leadership skills allows those both new to and experienced in their careers to master self-discipline and productivity without being constantly supervised.
Ana Lucia Kazan and Andrew Bryant made the concept of self-leadership more prevalent with their 2012 book Self-Leadership: How to Become a More Successful, Efficient, and Effective Leader from the Inside Out, and Bryant points out in his 2016 book What Is Self-Leadership? that this sense of oneself “influences all aspects of your life, your health, your career, and your relationships.” He also mentions that self-leaders are better leaders and team members to the individuals around them.
Being a strong leader for others continues to grow in importance for millennials as they continue to expand their presence in the workforce. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by the year 2030, those in the millennial generation will constitute three-fourths of the global workforce. As older generations enter retirement, it only makes sense that the younger employees will take over.
Though millennials are sometimes seen as lazier and not as ambitious as their predecessors, that’s not the reality — and they certainly aren’t trying to sit back and watch things happen. A survey conducted by WorkplaceTrends.com found that 91 percent of millennials aspire to become leaders, and 43 percent view “empowering others” as the driving force behind their desires for leadership positions. Individuals in the millennial generation are proving that they truly care about being leaders both for themselves and for those around them so that their strengths and hopes can be realized and pursued.
At Fairmont Private Schools, students learn the importance of leadership at an early age and are given vast opportunities to become future leaders in their communities and the global society. Not only are they teaching themselves discipline and dedication through their self-leadership opportunities, but they are also learning how to inspire others to become empowering leaders, as well.