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Inspiration and generations

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I was reading a book by Australian author Avril Henry titled, “Inspiring tomorrow’s leaders today: Breaking down generational barriers at work” and thought I would share some key insights into the different generations’ views on inspiration and leading.

Each generation considered inspiring leadership was tied to the concept of leading by example. Although the concept of leading by example was shared, each generation offered unique perspectives on inspiring leadership. From the wiser (or should that be older?) baby boomers there was a belief that inspiring others was a key aspect of leadership and they suggested leaders need to inspire others to do well. Gen X’ers believed that leaders needed to inspire people to achieve their organisation’s vision and goals. People in the Gen Y camp promoted that inspiring leadership was exemplified by someone who loved what they did, and loved it so much, that they wanted to teach others what they knew.

No matter your generation, the desire to be inspired is a thread that ties us together in the world of work. The challenge for leaders is catering to the subtle differences in generational requirements to inspire enhanced performance. The solution could be in this definition offered by a leader that Henry interviewed as part of her research. The leader said, “inspiration is not only tied to vision but also making people believe in themselves.”

If you are keen to find out more visit Avril Henry’s website.

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