MENTORSHIP IS THE NEW NORM
Management by mentorship seems to written all over the management roadmap. Millennials are currently the largest generation in the US labour force. By 2025, they would be 75% of the workforce, with the maximum spending. ”Millennials need leaders who set them up for success, instil in us a sense of bigger purpose, and give us the confidence we need to persevere when the work is most challenging.” A paradigm shift indeed.
The role of boss &the bossing syndrome has to change. The goal remains the same, one dimension of the role & methodology changes completely. Millennials are not comfortable with the big brother hovering figure, talking to budget cuts & warnings if the deadlines are not met. The present management system system they find as archaic, that dictates rules and constraints &they crave for mentors who guide & inspire them.
Mentorship would change the human relations in an enterprise. The mentor mentee relationship is a positive / proactive one & has connotations of a long standing professional engagement. Creating a relationship of trust & understanding is the key. Management should empower & build confidence of its employees. No guilt trips, blaming & pressuring. Millennials need freedom to speak openly & an atmosphere sans intimidation.
A Toyota manager is also a trainer to a new employee & it has worked out well for the company. This millennial practice & expectation is way ahead. They are not comfortable with thought that management would turn its back, the second something goes wrong. One has to feel as a part of something bigger, see a purpose, to go to greater lengths to excel in their work. The mentorship dynamic creates trust & loyalty, way beyond a raise or a bonus ever could.
It is cultivating a mutual relationship instead of a transaction. Management’s backing of this nature is priceless benefitting both parties.
DAYS OF CUT & DRY MANAGEMENT IS OVER.