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The Great Generational Shift: How leadership styles differ across the generations

The great generational shift

The nature of leadership is changing. The traditional traits of persuasion and influence no longer rule the roost, as we herald in an era of new leadership styles and techniques.

A new landmark report from Hudson has revealed some fascinating insights into how different generations think, act and lead. This research, based on 28,000 detailed personality questionnaires completed by professionals around the globe, reveals how Generation Y, Generation X and Baby Boomers are fundamentally different in how they approach the workplace.

The Great Generational Shift provides data on the personality traits that drive Generation Y, X and Boomers. The results may surprise you, revealing some shifts that may change the way we view leadership forever.

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The research reveals:

  • Baby Boomers are strong on traditional leadership traits – ‘leading’, ‘decisive’, ‘motivating’, ‘persuasive’ and ‘strategic’ but also open-minded and innovative.
  • Generation X are socially progressive, change-oriented, confident and culturally sensitive and provide a counter balance to the more dominant characteristics of other generations.
  • Generation Y are masters of abstract and conceptual thinking, meticulous, socially confident, and highly ambitious but not as strong as other generations in traditional leadership styles.

This new research will enable individuals and organisations to:

  • Understand how the nature of leadership is changing.
  • Ensure individuals and managers are better placed to comprehend, predict and manage the behavior of people from the three generations.
  • Help to adjust management styles and structures to match different personality traits.

Think you know your different generations? Think again.




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