Look, like, ya’know, I have a blog and a twitter feed and all that good stuff, ok? But, I’m still a 53-year-old guy still trying to figure out things, al’right?
All right, enough of that…
Recently, in Leadership Journal, Sam Rainer wrote about authority and leadership with the next generation – the millennials.
Millennials tend to follow leaders who operate in a transformational capacity—and ones who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Rather than telling followers what the big picture is, these leaders allow followers to help create it. Transformational leaders inspire people to reach for a common goal, one developed through a shared vision.
In this environment, equipping and mentoring become more important than directing. Structure is looser, and what structure remains is not an end, but a means of helping people become disciples. Leading the members of the next generation requires a commitment to serve alongside them, not issuing directives from above them.
Appeals to positional authority don’t carry weight with younger people. Leaders must assume responsibility to enhance the lives of followers. The debt of authority is the responsibility to sacrifice for followers.
It’s not a generational message regarding leadership. It’s the Christian message. Check out the whole article.