Leading a team has just become a bit more challenging with now four – soon five – generations on the workplace. So how do you motivate every generation and involve everyone in the same solution, when each generation responds different to you? Studies show that the greater the generation diversity, the lower the overall engagement is in workplaces.
It all started with an idea – or maybe even a dream – more than a year ago. A dream of gathering 24 smart, crazy, curious and energetic people, and hack problems of the future. And like all other good dreams we began the adventure by buying the domain name Hacktober and never looked back. I’ll get back to the name later.
A few weeks and months passed by and we hadn’t done anything with the domain. We still haven’t. But what we decided to do after those month was to make a speedboat. A speedboat to experiment if the dream could come true.
The role of the responsive leader is based on the need for soft skills, business drive, a holistic understanding of the dynamics within the organization, and nurturing social capital. This requires that the responsive leader is both a coach and a mentor. When talking about coaching, mentoring, and teaching there is a layer of delegation involved. How much do you delegate in which role?
“You must master both coaching and mentoring, and apply it with situational leadership both towards the individual employees and towards the team as an entity”. – Erik Korsvik Østergaard, The Responsive Leader
Whether you are a coach or a mentor depends on the situation you are in – and it also depends on the employee or team. Sometimes there is even a need for a teacher, but nevertheless you must know the role that is required of you in a particular situation – also known as situational leadership.