First Published: January 8, 2019
Hello there, Millennial Leader!
More and more Millennial Managers are working their way up to key positions in the corporate world.
And why not?
They are young, vibrant and go-getters that are quickly making a name for themselves.
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I’ve worked with a lot of millennial managers in the past 5 years and I can say that it has been quite interesting but quite exciting so far.
And so this blog post is for you.
This is the 3 Best Career Advice I can share with you as you make your way to bigger and better things in your career.
No. 1 Start your day with a smile
Yes, you read this right.
Starting your day with a smile is one of the best advice I can share with you, Millennial Leaders.
Not only is this a great way to begin the day but it also gets you to start your day with a positive attitude.
As leaders, our team gravitates towards us. This means that they feed off our energy and disposition.
If you start the day feeling down then your team will notice this and will instantly change their mood.
Try to affect their mood positively by smiling and greeting them at the start of the day.
One of the things that’s important to know is that smiling increases your likability to people. This is from a study in 2014 .
As a Leader, being likable is a key factor in a lot of ways. It helps you get buy in from your team and even builds loyalty.
This builds team engagement.
I remember one of my colleagues years ago just rubs people the wrong way. His team instantly turns serious when he walks by and ignores him constantly.
I asked one of the semi-leader of the group why they acted like that and lo and behold, they said that their boss is always on a perpetual bad mood so they felt that his demeanor is the way to run the team.
This made me realize that not only do our teams observe every single thing we do but it also sets the standard of how they should act as they observe our mannerisms and demeanor.
I gave the feedback to my colleague about it and he was actually unaware of it. But he promised to do something about it and to start smiling more often.
After a few weeks, I saw a change in him and his team. He smiles more, and his team was starting to open up and have fun at work.
I asked what has changed. He said he talked to his team and he started to smile more every day.
Who would have thought that smiling can do a 180 for a person and his team?
As Champ Leaders, it is up to you to take control of your emotions and smiling at the start of the day will not only get you in a better mood, it will also create a ripple effect that your team will appreciate.
So, smile! It looks good on you.
No. 2 Learn to prioritize
There are countless deliverable at work and while all of them are important, you won’t be able to get to them all at once.
Prioritization is key!
And while it takes trial and error to master this, learning how to prioritize will help you have better time management.
Champion Leaders spend their time wisely because they have mastered prioritization through daily practice.
Prioritizing deliverable based on urgency and impact is the best gauge when going through your daily list.
Start with the monthly expectations that you need to deliver. Use this to outline your weekly activities. Do another level of prioritization by breaking it down to daily.
For example, if you have 40 coaching sessions you need to do for the month, break it down on a weekly basis. After breaking it down weekly – 10 a week, then break it down some more to daily.
This means that you need to complete 2 coaching sessions a day to get to a 40 a month expectation.
Leave room for error and don’t schedule important deliverable on a Friday.
For some reason, people tend to slow down on Friday so it’s best to schedule high priority deliverables between Monday to Thursday.
No. 3 Say “No” More Often
This is my favorite career advice of all.
It has taken me years to get better at this and I think that it’s the most critical learning that any leader needs to be an expert on.
I know of many professional relationships that have ended because of this word not being said at the right time and right circumstances.
It has broken trust, relationships and credibility.
As a millennial leader, be the change and learn to say "No" now.
Saying “No” is saying “Yes” to things that are more important to you.
This means too that you should have a firm grasp of what is truly important to you so that when you say No, you are not halfhearted about it.
If you are halfhearted, it will fester and believe me, your frustration will come out one way or another.
Your career will be based on decisions after decisions that you are fully accountable to.
Believe me, when I started out moving up in the ladder, there were times that I have bitten more than I can chew.
It was hard for me to say “No.”
And I had a breakdown. Don’t let that happen to you.
When I was younger, I used to think that saying "No" means that I wasn’t good enough.
That saying "No" means I am letting my competition take the lead and that I was not capable.
Most of all, I had a misconception that saying "No" made me a weak leader.
Fast forward 13 years after, I know now this is not the case. In fact, it’s the opposite.
Saying No makes you a strong leader.
Not only does it set everyone’s expectation of you, but it will also build credibility and respect from your peers and from people who follow you.
It’s when you say No that sets you apart from other managers.
This is when you become a Champion Leader.
So there you have it. Always remember to smile, prioritize and learn to say no.
These 3 gold pieces of advice will get you to more places that you can imagine.
P.S. I will have a series of career advice for millennial leaders in the coming weeks so be sure to subcribe!
P.P.S Is this advice helpful? Comment below or email me at [email protected]. I would love to hear from you soon!