An undergraduate psychology class taught me that good leaders should be “transformational.” If I remember correctly, it means you should change your management approach to address any and all diverse leadership challenges.
Lately, many of you complain about the state of GenY lawyers, and they present a unique leadership challenge. However, I know you’re up to it.
GenY lawyers are unique. You can’t treat them the same as previous generations. Fear doesn’t work. Direct mentorship falls short. Bullying is a capital offense in their minds. They require you to think “outside of the box” and expect you to be a “thought leader.” They require incentives (and sometimes bribes) to accomplish most tasks. You, as the leader, must adjust.
To help (as you know, I’m always here to help), I present you with an incentive that should do the trick for 98% of your GenY motivational needs. It is attached below. You’re welcome. Oh, and don’t be stingy. GenY isn’t waiting for you to find excellence and merit. Nope. This will be needed for even the most routine tasks.
Finally, don’t forget to regularly exclaim how you find them to be “totally awesomesauce.”