| Zee Yusri |
“ONE of the key points I would like to emphasise is that even an entry-level management position is a leadership role, and it is crucial to understand the difference between a leadership mindset and a managerial mindset from day one of your first professional job. After all, you are judged on everything you do and say – and everything you don’t do and don’t say – from the very beginning of your career.”
These were highlighted by Lisa Orrell, well-known generation relations expert in her talk titled ‘Get a Grip on Leadership: Empowering Gen Y & Gen X Employees to Adopt a Leadership Mindset at Work’ during the Millennial Seminar dubbed ‘Gearing Gen-Y as Transformational Leaders’ hosted by the Civil Service Institute (IPA) at the Parkview Hotel in Jerudong yesterday.
Lisa mentioned that the employer’s goal should be to help their employees understand the crucial concept of leadership and make them realise that even if they just manage one person, they are also a leader.
Even though their current position may not be one that “sets direction for the entire company or a department”, they are still leaders. Furthermore, even if they currently do not manage anyone, they can take on leadership roles such as heading a project, volunteering to plan a company event and more.
“Regardless of the type of management roles your Millennials assume, cultivating a leadership mindset early on is critical to their success. Successful managers are also successful leaders, and successful leaders experience employee retention and loyalty,” underscored the Gen-Y expert.
She stated that grooming the Millennial employees to blend solid management skills with strong leadership qualities will give them a much better chance of succeeding in any role, at any level, within the organisation.
She stated that while it is entirely possible to groom the next generation of professionals to be effective leaders, their leaders must first be able to retain them, otherwise, grooming them for leadership would not even matter.