Leadership, Turnover, and Millennials

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Leadership, Turnover, and Millennials

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Someone recently suggested to me that training the more recent workforce generations in leadership skills would solve the cross-generational communication challenge. While you would likely never find me disagreeing with workforce training, it has to be the right training, at the right time, and in the right quantity. Of course, it also has to be high quality.

Visionary employee thinking of development

Unfortunately, as quickly as someone suggests leadership training, someone else can make argument against it. It’s common to hear that leadership training may set unrealistic expectations for job promotions or role changes, and should those expectations not be met, it increases employee turnover. That can happen, but it shouldn’t.

Leadership training is not about here is the button, and this is how you push it. Leadership is completely different, because leadership only develops when someone decides it is important to start leading. It isn’t about millennials any more than it is about boomers. In reality, it is more about choice, it should be about a choice for the organization, and it is always about a choice for the individual.

Leadership training shouldn’t be about people leaving, but it might be about why people are staying.  


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker, and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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March 9, 2016at 5:06 pm

Hey D, isn’t that what you’re truly about, creating a Positive Impact within the world of business and within the clients you serve?

I’d say so! 🙂

Thanks for you awesome good efforts!

Happy Day 🙂


    March 10, 2016at 7:41 am

    Thanks for the kind comments, greatly appreciated!


March 9, 2016at 4:10 pm

Spot on D!

And, people stay and do their best when they are happy!

Leaders, don’t take happiness for granted. It is your most important resource in sustaining success and keeping good people. Get trained in happiness 🙂

Happy Day!


    March 9, 2016at 4:59 pm

    Thanks for your note. I agree that being happy and energized will make a positive impact!

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