How to Lead Someone Older Than You

You could cut the awkwardness in the air with a knife.  Everyone in the room almost had the exact same gasp when the words came out of his mouth,  “I have no clue why you go this job, not only are you younger than most everyone in this room, but there were a lot of people waiting in line for this job.”  Before she responded she took a deep breath, gathered her thoughts and did the opposite of what most millennial leaders would want to do, she said “I understand your position.  Can we talk about this after the meeting?” It was brilliant.  Not only had she taken back control of the room but she handled the comment with dignity, class, and maturity.

As the corporate landscape changes with time, the likelihood of people older reporting to someone younger is has increased.  Maybe you’re one of those leaders? If so, here are some of the best ways to effectively lead someone older than you.

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