Millennial leaders say: Autocracy is dead, long live consensus

For millennial leaders, collaboration, teamwork and good relationships are priorities in the workplace, a new study reveals. *

More than half (55 per cent) of almost 500 millennials surveyed selected ‘integrity’ as one of the top three qualities in the most effective leader, with 44 per cent selecting ‘humility’. Ninety-four per cent stated that the quality of relationships in the workplace is ‘important’ or ‘extremely important’.

“Today’s millennial leaders want to see an alignment between the words and actions of those in authority,”

explained Simon Barrington, founder and director of Forge Leadership Consultancy.

“Integrity was continually highlighted throughout the research with participants viewing the best leaders as those who have this characteristic and can be trusted.”

For a millennial the worst leaders are those lacking these key qualities.

“There is real frustration with older leaders who publicly come across as having it all together, yet in private their work and actions do not match up,’ said Rachel Luetchford, researcher on the project and a millennial leader herself. ‘Relationships are everything to the millennial and the concept of autocracy is at uncomfortable odds with this. They want to see relationships flourish in the workplace. Collaboration and teamwork are priorities.”

The report presents seven key recommendations for churches, including the challenge to those in church leadership to create collaborative, team-based ministries and to welcome the challenge from millennials to lead with integrity and humility.

The full report, Millennial Leaders: Now is Our Time and this is Our Voice, will be presented for the first time to more than 1200 visitors on Tue 16 Oct, the opening day of the Christian Resources Exhibition at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey, when the Millennial Leaders website will also be launched.


Steve Goddard

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