Sunday, October 18, 2009

5 Generations of Leaders

Can you handle them?

According to a recent Harvard Business Review blog post, organizations in the US are on the verge of something never before experienced: five generations are about to be working side by side. They include:

  • Traditionalists, born prior to 1946

  • Baby Boomers, born between 1946-1964

  • Gen X, born between 1965-1976

  • Millennials, born 1977-1997

  • Gen 2020, born after 1996

Though I might argue with some to the generational cohorts above, I agree with the basic point: unlike any other time in our history, we are facing intergenerational mixes in all our organizations.

Though the post talked about businesses in particular, the same goes for churches. This week I will take a look at generational issues in church leadership, point you to some resources that I have found helpful, and maybe even challenge your assumptions and actions!

First, a look graphically at what's coming:

Let that soak in for a little while - there are some big changes in those numbers!

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