Preparing your millennial and Gen Z leader for the digitized decade | 11/22/2019 | Staff
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Danita Bye is the author of Millennials Matter: Proven Strategies for Building Your Next-Gen Leader.

Being a leader in today’s world of digitization, robotics, and artificial intelligence poses a myriad of unfamiliar complexities. One day, the top news story is about the necessity of installing the latest technology to reduce costs, save time, and develop innovative business models, so we focus our attention on keeping up with digital demands. The next day, the bold-lettered headlines highlight the war for talent, so we take up that challenge – to attract, engage, and retain top-tier Millennial talent, the fastest growing segment in our workforce.

Midst - Fears - Focus - Diverse - Priorities

In the midst of fears that we won’t be able to keep our focus on these diverse and shifting priorities, what is our call, our opportunity, as leaders, especially as it pertains to building the next generation of wise, character-based leaders?

David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock, in Faith for Exiles: 5 Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon, report that 64 percent of regular churchgoers between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine, have dropped out of church involvement.

Millennials - Organization - Life - Trend - Invitation

How many of those Millennials are in your organization and life? I believe that, embedded in this trend, is an invitation to us as experienced leaders: How might we engage emerging leaders, both spiritually and in their work challenges?

Kinnaman and Matlock suggest that experienced leaders need to tap into “vocational discipleship,” guiding emerging leaders to infuse their occupation, what they do to earn a living, with their vocation, what they were called to do by God.

Leadership - Matters - Leaders - Counsel - Order

Now, more than ever, your leadership matters. Our up-and-coming leaders need solid counsel on how to live vocationally in order to wisely navigate the ever-increasing digital world. We are being called to raise the bar on our own leadership practices. Being an engaged leader, holds...
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