Today’s leader is faced with many challenges, and one is the generational divide that exists in the workplace today. With four different generations working together it is clear that each group has their own preference for communication. Throughout the context of this paper I will explore the generational differences, and describe the characteristics of my generation with regard to leadership and communication styles. I will also describe how technology and the information age play a role in how leaders communicate. Finally, I will identify basic communication skills that are needed and used in generational leadership.
Do leaders communicate differently due to their age or generation?
According to Huggins (2008), “it is critical to understand the communication preferences of each generation and take them into consideration when conducting business” (para. 1). In order to conclude if this is true; one must first understand the differences between the generations.
Traditionalists were born between 1927 and 1945. This generation is at or near retirement age, a…