Baby Boomers are on their way out. That means Millennials are the next in charge right? WRONG. There’s an entire generation in between that often gets looked over.
DDI, a company that solely focuses on creating and training leaders published a study called, The 2018 Global Leadership Forecast.
The study has a dozen different sections. One section focuses on generational leaders including Gen-X. But who are they? They are the people younger than Baby Boomers but older than Millennials born between 1965 and 1981.
GenX-ers hold 51 percent of leadership roles globally and will continue to grow into high level positions. However not much is known about them when it comes to leadership. Today that changes.
When it comes to technology, 54 percent of Gen-X leaders rate themselves as digitally savvy. That’s only two percent behind millennial leaders. And according to DDI Gen-X uses social media more habitually than any other generation!
Generation X prefers external coaching rather than coaching from within their own company.
Of Baby Boomers and Millennials, Generation X leaders are the slowest to get promoted BUT are more loyal than other generations. You could call them the are the “Middle Child” of career advancement opportunities.
So what can you do with this information to help improve genx leaders?
DDI says to encourage genx to challenge the status quo. Allow them the freedom to try new approaches and challenge old thoughts.
Leverage technology! As Gen-X is digitally savvy, giving them and teaching them new tech will help them improve their leadership.
What do you notice about your Generation X leaders? What traits stand out to you?