How not to screw up as a first-time millennial manager

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1. Invest in coaching

Myths about millennials abound. It’s thought that they require more workplace guidance, or that they have less workplace loyalty than generations past. In reality, millennials are just as excited about exploring career and development opportunities as any other group.

2. Master the one-on-one with your direct reports

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3. Don’t avoid conflict or hide behind technology

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4. Try for stewardship delegation, not “gopher” delegation

Remember when you were a student or someone else’s direct report, and you hated when your teacher or boss was breathing down your neck? Like, hey, can I live?

5. Be a downward-facing leader

One of the biggest sources of tension for me as a manager was balancing the needs of the people I reported to and the people I was tasked to lead. Their wishes rarely aligned.

6. Understand the relationship has changed

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7. To gain respect, don’t try too hard to gain respect

It’s one thing to be an advocate for your team — it’s another to bend over backwards for them.



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Eric Goldschein

I’m a freelance writer originally from Brooklyn. I write about travel mostly but also business and “culture.” I hope you like what you read.