Authentic Leadership for Age Diversity

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Authentic Leadership for Age Diversity
In the article “Bridging the Gap Between Gen X and Gen Y: Lessons From Authentic Leadership,” the authors highlight the issues of age diversity with a specific focus on issues between Generation X and Generation Y in the United States. They state that there are several attitudes, preferences, and characteristics that define each generation and create a fertile ground for organizational conflict. They argue that the solution for leaders with age diversity dilemmas can be found in the area of authentic leadership. The authentic leadership model consists of four key components which can help overcome some of the leadership challenges that result due to the differences in both generations. The article emphasizes the importance of creating a more open and tolerant culture with the goal of creating stronger collaborative ties between the two generations.
Discussion
In the article, the authors use several studies to support their view of differences between Generation X and Generation Y. Most views of those differences have been observed in multiple workplaces. There was one viewpoint though that differed from another study mentioned in an article in The Economist. Mhatre and colleagues state that Generation X individuals are not particularly fond of being micromanaged and prefer to work in a rather independent manner. However, Generation Y individuals exhibit a greater preference for seeking guidance, structure and supervision from their superiors. They tend to follow directions well, value collaboration and teamwork, and are not as independent as their older counterparts (Mhatre, 2011). The article “Winning the Generation Game” cited a survey by Ernst & Young in June of 2013 that implied a diff...

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Works Cited

Mhatre, K.H., & Conger, J. A. (2011). Bridging the gap between Gen X and Gen Y. Journal Of Leadership Studies, 5(3), 72-76. doi:10.1002/jls.20235
Unknown. (2013, Sep 28). Winning the Generation Game. The Economist. Retrieved from: http://www.economist.com/news/business/21586831-businesses-are-worrying- about-how-manage-different-age-groups-widely-different
Penney, S. H. (2011). Voices of the future: Leadership for the 21st century. Journal Of Leadership Studies, 5(3), 55-62. doi:10.1002/jls.20233
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