What do Millennials Expect From a Leadership Coach?
Think back to when you first started in your career . . . what was important to you? What did you want?
How were your expectations different from the reality of those first years? What did you struggle with the most?
Coaching is often driven by a set of behavioral competencies identified as important for leaders in an organization. Results from a top-tier MBA program reveal the areas of focus for Millennial MBA work in leadership coaching are quite similar to what organizational leaders work on: the top three areas of focus are Communication, Influence and Emotional Intelligence. Other areas include Decision-Making, Diplomacy, Teamwork and Group/Organizational Awareness.
WHAT Millennials work on with their Leadership Coach is not very different from other leaders. The complexity and scope of an issue may vary, but the bottom line behavioral focus is the same.
Millennials, like others who use coaching to achieve their best, want a Coach who
• Listens to them. First and foremost, listening is one of the most powerful tools in a coach or leader’s toolkit. People want to be listened to, and heard.
• Acknowledges their skills, strengths and talents. They want to know that their coach really sees who and how they are in the world. They want a coach who “gets” them.
• Respects them and recognizes empathetically that the challenges they’re facing are legitimate and real.
Coaching and Leading Across Generations is a series of experiential workshops created with colleague Linda DeLuca. Interested in bringing this experience to your leaders? Contact us