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Evaluate Your Leadership Before Hiring Millennials

Posted by James Patrick Kahler on January 14, 2015

What’s driving you towards success? It’s an important thought to consider when setting aside plans for growth. Whatever may be the source of what keeps your team, self or business moving forward, the one thing that’s typically a factor of accomplishment is quality.


Nothing succeeds without some sort of positive quality. For example, take a look at successful coaches in sports. Recent CFB Champion coach, Urban Myer of The Ohio State University football team, said that one thing that really drove his team towards success this year was by asking his players: “why are you here?” Asking his unusually young team this question gave the Buckeyes a sense of purpose to play for one another and therefore, motivation to eventually win a national championship.

Whether you like college football, OSU or not, coach Urban Myer did one thing exceptionally well: he gave his players a purpose. According to an article from Inc., which cited a recent study conducted by Deloitte, the one thing young professionals entering the workforce tend to look for in a leader is a “sense of purpose.”

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If you’re hiring millennials, be sure your leadership qualities are up to speed with this generation’s needs. You’ll have a much better chance of attracting Get Y talent, as well as retaining it too. To evaluate your current leadership qualities, refer to these statistics below from the article and study:

  • “6/10 millennials said a sense of purpose is part of the reason they chose to work for their current employer (of 7,800 millennials surveyed across 29 countries worldwide).”
  • “As far as individual leaders go, Gen Y places the most value on qualities such as: strategic thinking, ability to inspire, interpersonal skills, vision, passion, and decisiveness, the study found.”
  • “77% of connected millennials (those who use social media regularly) said part of the reason they chose to work where they do is because of the company’s sense of purpose.”

Keep these statistics in mind while evaluating your leadership. It never hurts to make slight adjustments, especially when it comes to refining your leadership skills. Sooner or later, millennials will be the heart of your business, so it might be best to know what they’re looking for in a leader. Plus, it worked for a championship coach, so it might just work for you!

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Talent Management, Hiring Millennials, Management

James Patrick Kahler

About the Author

James Patrick Kahler is Hireology’s Copywriter & Content Specialist. He is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and has over four years of professional experience writing for various industries. Outside of the office (and sometimes inside), he has a passion for comedy, advertising and his Cleveland sports teams…all of them.