Our live and online leadership training classes and management courses frequently remind audiences of a simple point: Tomorrow’s leaders are motivated by different factors than yesterday’s management teams, and the new skills needed for success (and new factors needed to attract and retain high-performing talent) have fundamentally shifted. In our latest market research recap, you can see how things look different through the eyes of future generations such as Gen Y, Gen Z, and Gen Alpha. So while we always welcome signups for online classes and courses on leadership, business management, and innovation, remember. Sometimes, the fastest and simplest answers are the best when it comes to building a winning team of professionals.

Topic: Working with Millennials and Gen Zers: How to Inspire Tomorrow’s Generations

Scenario: A paradigm shift is happening across the nation as Millennials and Gen Zers (who learn, work, and interact differently than prior generations) are becoming the largest generations in the workplace. Business leaders need to know what motivates them, how to bridge this generation gap, and how all generations can work more effectively together.

Insight: Tomorrow’s generations look to more interactive and hands-on learning experiences, want to see very quickly how their efforts are making a positive impact on the organization, demand more mentorship and feedback, will seek out more ongoing input and guidance from leadership, prefer a wider range of personal growth/development opportunities, need to be trained more in software skills and improvisational thinking, etc. They also want to work for businesses whose goals, values, and purposes align with theirs – and a clear and engaging variety of assignments to tackle.

Topic: How to Be a More Likable and Empathetic Leader

Scenario: Business leaders and management teams want to be liked and respected by employees, just as employees want to work for leaders they trust and admire. How can you become one, even as a pandemic and rapidly-shifting economic conditions threaten to send stress levels and crisis scenarios through the roof?

Takeaway: Learning to let go, stop micromanaging, put a focus on productivity (not processes), give teams more authority and flexibility, being more empathetic, creating a culture of trust and empowerment, allowing for less rigid approaches to problem solving, and other solutions can help do wonders to boost your likability without cutting into the bottom line.