The 75.4 million Millennials, those ages 18-34, are surpassing the 74.9 million Baby Boomers, those ages 51-69, according to Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. That means that the Millennial generation is clearly heralding in and creating the next generation of leaders. Even more telling is that according to a report by Workplace Trends, The Millennial Leadership Survey, “91% of millennials aspire to be a leader.” This population, however, is choosing not to be loyal to employers, but are rather planning courses to excel in leadership and to work for organizations that support this growth.
Over the past three weeks, we’ve been interviewing people in my office for leadership positions on our internal teams. The process has triggered memories of the first time I applied for a supervisory position. I’d been on the job for six months, and I thought I was on the fast track. But during my interview, the questions turned to how people around me were performing. I had no idea what to say.