Beyond speaking, here are additional tips that will prove useful in terms of establishing the foundation for building Millennial confidence and, ultimately their executive presence:

  • Encourage Millennials to find out why they are being invited to meetings so that they can have time to research and come prepared.
  • If they are asked a question to which they do not immediately know the answer, tell them not to be be afraid to admit it. Then instruct them to indicate that they know where to get the answer and will get back to the person asking the question within a specified period of time.
  • To project greater presence, Millennials should dress professionally, whether in a casual or formal situation.
  • Finally, help them to realize that even the most seasoned executive was once young and walked in their shoes. This is important because it creates a sense of mutual understanding and generational connection, as well as highlighting where they themselves will be one day in terms of their own executive presence.

5. The Constancies Of Success

The more things change, the more they stay the same. You have heard that before.

While there are obvious differences between one generation to the next, there are also a great many similarities. Especially with the foundational values or core principles that define success. These remain constant.

As a manager, coach or mentor, your role is to help your Millennial workforce to better understand and adapt their abilities to these constancies, while embracing their unique attributes and goals.

Like the old saying about when you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach him to fish, and he feeds himself for a lifetime, you have an opportunity to impact on the future of your organization in similar fashion, by investing in your biggest asset …the Millennials.

Best wishes

Roz