In his previous blog-post Christoph touched upon the topic of leadership, which somewhat reminded me of Simon Sinek’s speech on Millennials in the Workplace - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hER0Qp6QJNU&t=754s
- this video was so big when it came out, you’ve probably seen it; the time I did, I felt grateful and sad at the same time. And here is why.
Every couple of years emerging generations are being given a new name: labeled as ‘lost’ and ‘silent’, boomers, not so long ago X - like the unknown factors in math. Now it's Millennials making trouble. And while the problematic nature of generational differences seems persistent, and the question how does the changing mentality of youngsters impact the working environment goes along with it, what shifts apart from the wording is - the context.
I am grateful for Sinek being so sensitive to the current context and pointing out the issue of a low self-esteem, impatience, asociality of social media and our sweeping addiction #guilty, and of course - environment. And I am sad, because he is right: indeed, as a rule the decisive power and responsibility is in the hands of those who accuse of being - to quote Sinek - ‘entitled, narcissistic, self-interested, unfocused, lazy’.
Many might be familiar with being in a conference room, where mobile devices are off and forbidden - which is a just thing; but as soon as you leave the meeting, same people expect you to be available 24/7 on various messengers and apps - isn’t that a contradiction, interfering with healing your addiction? Isn’t that a double standard, undermining your ability to build a trustful relationship? And any attempt to develop self-esteem and patience crashes under the pressure of unrealistic demands and deadlines. And after all, it is your problem.
But not everything is so bad, it can be different. When you are lucky enough to meet a true leader. Attentive to your needs and understanding, who teaches you patience and integrity on an own example, and who motivates and inspires you with own devotion. A role model you can follow.
One may agree with Sinek and one may not, it is up to you; as to me, for starters I’ve bought an alarm clock.