- Loyalty: Gen Y’s employers rank last behind families, friends, communities and co-workers.
- Selflessness: They’re totally, like, into themselves.
The leadership characteristics you will see in Gen Y:
- They’re ambitious and demanding. They require productive work from their first day on the job, expecting much of you, your organization and themselves. You also could read this as “needy and entitled,” but treat it as “expectant” and you’ll fare better.
- They question everything, a core characteristic of innovators. And they’re vocal. If you listen carefully to what they say, you’ll hear something new, and you can realign your products and services for future markets.
- They’re highly effective in teams. And why shouldn’t they be? They grew up doing group activities. The flip side, of course, is that they need a whole team to accomplish anything.
- They’re optimistic.
- They’re gregarious and loud. While you may not consider this a leadership trait, see it as liking people. That manifests itself through the electronic appendages they use constantly to instant message, text and talk.
— Adapted from “You Raised Them, Now Manage Them,” Nadira A. Hira, Fortune.