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The Demise of Old-School Leadership

Why Command and Control Won't Cut It Anymore

Younger Generations will not tolerate poor Leadership - Steve Barker - RAW Leadership
Leadership Revolution

The days of command and control, carrot and stick tactics are gone, as younger generations enter the workforce with different expectations and values, they will not tolerate poor Leadership. Here's why:

1. Lack of Autonomy:

Old-school leadership thrives on micromanagement and rigid hierarchy. However, younger generations value autonomy and flexibility in their work. They want to feel empowered to make decisions and take ownership of their projects. Command and control stifles creativity and innovation, driving away top talent.

2. Minimal Engagement:

Carrot and stick approaches rely on extrinsic motivators like rewards and punishments. But research shows that these methods only yield short-term compliance, not long-term commitment. Younger workers seek purpose and meaning in their jobs, craving opportunities for personal growth and development. Command and control leadership fails to engage and inspire, leading to disengagement and turnover.

3. Resistance to Change:

In today's dynamic business landscape, adaptability is key to success. Old-school leaders often resist change, clinging to outdated practices and routines. However, younger generations embrace change as an opportunity for growth and innovation. They value leaders who are open-minded, agile, and willing to embrace new ideas. Command and control leadership stifles innovation and hinders progress, putting businesses at a competitive disadvantage.

4. Lack of Transparency:

Command and control leaders often operate in secrecy, withholding information and decision-making power from their teams. However, younger workers value transparency and authenticity in their leaders. They want to be kept informed and involved in the decision-making process. Command and control leadership breeds mistrust and resentment, eroding team morale and cohesion.

5. Mismatched Values:

Old-school leadership prioritises hierarchy and authority, often at the expense of empathy and compassion. In contrast, younger generations value empathy, inclusivity, and social responsibility in their leaders. They seek leaders who lead with integrity, empathy, and a genuine concern for the well-being of their team members. Command and control leadership alienates younger workers, driving them to seek out companies with values that align with their own.

In conclusion, the days of old-school leadership are numbered. Command and control, carrot and stick approaches are no longer effective in today's rapidly evolving business landscape.

To attract and retain top talent from younger generations, leaders must embrace a more inclusive, empathetic, and collaborative approach to leadership.

By doing so, they can create a workplace culture that fosters creativity, innovation, and long-term success.

If you are not evolving your Leadership style to a more "people centric" focus, you will fail, your team will fail, your business will fail.

As I said, the younger generations will not tolerate poor Leadership and this is why we are seeing such high turnover rates in workplaces right now.

This Leadership Revolution is real, and it is happening right now, get with the program, evolve or pay the price.


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