7 communication tips for millennial leaders by Linsey Pollak at Smartblogs.com on 17 February 2014.
The Millennial generation (or Generation ‘Y’ – born from early 1980s to early 2000’s) have begun assuming (significant) leadership roles in today’s jobs and organizations. The author provides 7 tips to this generation to help them communicate more effectively:
- Watch out for speech patterns that make you sound too young (you want to be seen as credible)
- Communicate in your audience’s style (especially challenging since there are now four generations in the workforce – each has a preferred method / style of communication)
- Remember: shorter is better (I have trouble with this one, especially when keeping the second point in mind…)
- Don’t hide behind technology (I would suggest using the phone if it takes more than three lines to convey your thoughts to an individual.)
- Don’t assume it’s okay to text (this is really an extension of #2)
- Understand how to contact someone in a more senior position (again, this is really an extension of #2
- Give yourself time to practice (absolutely!)
The article has some good thoughts, but I can think of several counterpoints on several of those tips. I’ll pick on just #4 – ironically, group discussions (especially dispersed groups) can be challenging but achievable using technology such as video / teleconferencing. With many businesses starting to span the globe, and technological advances coming faster and faster I would suggest that Millennials EMBRACE technology to effectively lead these teams. I don’t see it replacing the personal touch, but it’s a pretty decent substitute.