Who would have thought the hippie generation would turn out the way they did, especially in the workplace?
Baby Boomers are the generation born between 1946 and 1964. They are a large generation. Once the Great Depression and World War II had ended, the Greatest Generation decided to focus on building their families. Needless to say, they succeeded.
The historical moments that are typically associated with Baby Boomers are the assassination of JFK and MLK, seeing a man walk on the moon, and the Vietnam War.
They are the generation that brought us peace signs and Woodstock. But as they aged, they became ambitious career men and women. Sometimes, they are criticized for their self-focused drive. But like all generations, the Baby Boomers positive characteristics worth noting.
Let’s take a look at some of those good characteristics that Baby Boomers bring to the workplace and what young leaders can learn from them.
- Work hard. Without question, Baby Boomers are known as a hardworking generation, sometimes to a fault. You don’t have to be a workaholic to work hard. God does not delight in laziness. So don’t settle. Constantly strive to exceed expectations.
- Set goals for yourself. Baby Boomers in the workplace tend to have career goals. You need to know where you are going. You should have some career goals in place. These goals can be for the short-term and the long-term. Of course, seek God’s guidance in your career. Change direction if you feel God directing you to do so. But assuming that your direction is aligned with His direction, set goals to keep you on track.
- Be self-motivated. Great leaders tend to be highly motivated men and women. Baby Boomers are known for their internal drive. They don’t need someone to motivate them to work, they just do it. As a young leader, you need to be motivated. Your team needs you to be motivated. If you find yourself in a slump, try to determine the reason for it. Spend some time asking, “Why?” And make whatever adjustments are needed.
- Don’t run from competition. Baby Boomers are known to be competitive in the workplace. Certainly, you can go overboard with this. But here is what you need to learn from Boomers—don’t be afraid of competition. Competition can make you be more creative. Competition can force you to make better decisions. Competition can make you rethink how you are leading your team. Competition can make you develop into a better leader. So don’t run from competition.
The Baby Boomers are far from the perfect generation. But so are all generations. Take some time to consider what you can learn from other generations’ strengths and how you can incorporate those strengths into your own leadership.