14 Tips to Lead Millennials

The following 14 principles for leading Millennials are directed to the work-place, but many of the same concepts apply to athletic teams as well.

Excerpted from the book Championship Performance Coaching Volume 1: Legendary Coaching Wisdom on Leadership, Motivation, and Practice Plans to Achieve Your Dream Season.

  1. Give them freedom with their schedule. Even limited freedom to vote when they practice will help build team trust and motivation.

  2. Create a family environment. Work, family and social are all intertwined, so make sure the work environment is experiential and family oriented. Everything is connected.

  3. Cause is important. Make social justice and other charitable work part of the “normal.” Causes and opportunities to give back are important.

  4. Embrace social media. It’s here to stay. They are more tech savvy than any other generation ever. Technology is the norm. XBOX, iPhones, laptops, iPads are just normal. If you want a response, text first, then call. Or send a message via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

  5. Lead each person uniquely. Customize your approach.

  6. All about the larger win, not the personal small gain. Young leaders in general have an abundance mentality instead of scarcity mentality.

  7. Partnering and collaboration are important. Not interested in drawing lines. Collaboration is the new currency.

  8. Not about working for a personality. They are not interested in laboring long hours to build a temporal kingdom for one person. But will work their guts out for a cause and vision bigger than themselves.

  9. Deeply desire mentoring, learning and discipleship. Many older leaders think millenials aren’t interested in generational wisdom transfer. Not true at all. Younger leaders are hungry for mentoring and discipleship; so build it into your organizational environment.

  10. Coach them and encourage them. They want to gain wisdom through experience. Come alongside them don’t just tell them what to do.

  11. Create opportunities for quality time- individually and corporately. They want to be led by example, and not just by words.

  12. Hold them accountable. They want to be held accountable by measuring where they stand and giving them constant feedback.

  13. Recognize their values, not just their strengths. It’s more than just the playing skills he or she brings to the team. Don’t use them without truly knowing them.

  14. Set up a system that creates stability. Have clear expectations with the freedom to succeed. Provide stability on the emotional and organizational side.