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What next-generation talent wants in a leader: backed by research

By: Ryan Maha | Posted on January 12th, 2019

Employees want to work for a strong leader. As our Founder & President, Buddy Hobart, states, “Folks want to attach their wagon to a strong leadership horse.” It really is that simple. 

As we discussed in a previous blog, people quit people. The same is true on the opposite side of the coin. People look for certain qualities in leaders when deciding where to work.

With the ongoing war on talent and the mass exodus of Boomers in the workforce, attracting and retaining next-generation talent is crucial. Becoming a strong leader that appeals to said talent takes time and development. Here are three traits, backed by research, that young people look for in their prospective leaders: 

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What We are Listening to...

How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation | with Dan Schawbel
Engaging Leader

Why you should listen: "The relationships between your team members make a big difference — both in terms of business results and each person’s wellbeing. As tempting as it is to rely on virtual communication and collaboration, technology too often contributes to workplace isolation and even loneliness. In today’s technology-driven workplace, particularly if some team members are working remotely, how can you cultivate a sense of community?"

Quote of the Week 

"The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority." 

– Ken Blanchard

What People are Saying...

Replacing "I'm busy" with "I'm focused" has made me feel less stressed. Before, when I would say, " I'm busy," I would be feeding into the idea that I was overwhelmed with things to do. 
- Marla S
By opening up "the floor" at a meeting this week, our team was able to gain valuable insight from someone who otherwise would've not contributed. 
- Kevin H

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