3 Tips for Leading Millennials

Millennial (Gen Y): referring to those born between the mid 1970’s and 2,000.

Let them partner.

Millennials want to partner with you. We don’t want to contribute money to a fund, we want to partner with you and each other in doing the job OURSELVES. It’s not just about getting something done with us, it’s about partnering in the process with others. It’s about getting our hands dirty for something. If we’re forced to sit on the sidelines and observe too long, we’ll lose interest. Let us do something. Trust us enough to partner with us!

Let them plan.

Our own schedule that is. While I realize it’s not always possible, when possible we like to work at our own pace, on our own schedule. We have so much going on (even though we’re young), we want to plan when to do what. We’ll get it done in the time limit, but don’t force us to follow time specifics unless you absolutely must.

Let them participate.

Ultimately, millennials want to participate in a cause. A cause that is well beyond any lofty goal we could set for ourselves or seek to accomplish on our own. That’s why we like to partner with other people in hands on projects to impact people. Let us see what could happen if we completed what you’re asking us to do. That will greatly effect our pace, excellence, and joy while doing it. We don’t just want to be busy to be busy, that’s not success… success is accomplishing something that impacts the world!

How can you be set up for success?

13 thoughts on “3 Tips for Leading Millennials

  1. Great post JP! As a Baby Boomer that works with a few Millenials, this was great insight into how they (you) tick! Thanks for making old folks aware!

  2. Ive found that M’s want to add value, feel valuable to an organization they believe is worth valuing. You used three P’s so i thought I’d use three V’s :) Nice work on this post.

  3. Hey Jonathan, love the post! But I have a question: How do you deal with a millennial who is just plain lazy? You can tell they have these three qualities within them: wanting to partner, plan, & participate, but they can’t even make it to work on time OR meet a deadline OR remember to take a shower? :-) How do you speak into someone who deals with laziness & procrastination? I’m sure you’ll agree that while MANY millennials are craving your three P’s, MANY also seem too lazy to do anything about it. Thoughts?

    1. I do agree. I think the answer to your question is 2 part. 1. You have to give them a reason to not be lazy. Speak to their potential, let them see the vision you’re wanting them to partner with, and let them belong… With you and the vision. 2. Some just aren’t going to do anything regardless. Those types run through all generations, but many millennials are lazy because they feel entitled. Don’t feed that sense of entitlement.

      Hope that helps. Thanks for stopping by. Great Q!

  4. As a millennial myself, I have recetly found myself asking questions like: Why do we spend so much time inside the building when the world is not there? Why does “spiritual maturity” seem to mean you attend more and get busy more? Why do we plough so much time, effort and money into programmes and rotas when reaching the lost can be as simple as having lunch with your unsaved work mates?
    I think the church could learn a lot from millennials (and maybe save a lot of time and money in the process too!)

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