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20 Points on Leading Millennials

11. It’s all about the larger win, not the personal small gain. Young leaders in general have an abundance mentality instead of a scarcity mentality.

12. Partnering and collaboration are important. Not interested in drawing lines. Collaboration is the new currency, along with generosity.

13. Not about working for a personality. They’re not interested in laboring long hours to build a temporal kingdom for one person, but will work their guts out for a cause and vision bigger than themselves.

14. Millennials deeply desire mentoring, learning and discipleship. Many older leaders think Millennials aren’t interested in generational wisdom transfer. Not true at all. Younger leaders are hungry for mentoring and discipleship, so build it into your organizational environment.

15. Coach them and encourage them. They want to gain wisdom through experience. Come alongside them; don’t just tell them what to do.

16. Create opportunities for quality time—individually and corporately. They want to be led by example and not just by words.

17. Hold them accountable. They want to be held accountable by those who are living it out. Measure them and give them constant feedback.

18. They’ve been exposed to just about everything, so the sky is the limit in their minds. Older leaders have to understand younger leaders have a much broader and more global perspective, which makes wowing Millennials much more difficult.

19. Recognize their values, not just their strengths. It ain’t just about the skillz, baby. Don’t use them without truly knowing them.

20. Provide a system that creates stability. They want clear expectations with the freedom to succeed and stability on the emotional, financial and organizational side.

Thanks to the Catalyst team and our band of Millennials for their input and advice on these points: James Wilson, Julianne Graves, Sabrina Esposito, Alyssa Raymer, Stan Johnson and Ansley Lawhead. You guys provided great insight!  

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Brad Lomenick is Executive Director and key Visionary of Catalyst, a movement of young leaders. Over the last 15 years, he has built a reputation as a key networker and convener of leaders. Prior to running Catalyst, Brad was involved in the growth of the nationally acclaimed Life@Work Magazine and did management consulting with Cornerstone Group. More recently he has served in a number of roles for INJOY and now GiANT Impact. For several years after college, he rode horses for a living on a ranch in Colorado, and was even struck by lightning while installing a barbed wire fence, which some believe has given him powers equal to several of the Super Heroes. He hopes maybe someday he can be a professional golfer, or have his own hunting show.