Talkin’ about those boomers
MEMBERS of Generation X make the best leaders because they are not obsessed with authority, tend to respect others and know how to spell.
Baby boomers are unfit to lead because they still think wireless is a term for a radio and want to rule the world, while Generation Y substitutes tweeting and Facebook for real human interaction.
An Australian Institute of Management debate between comedian Kitty Flanagan and business director Marty Switzer arrived at these ‘‘ findings’’, although they may not be so far from the truth.
‘‘ We respect our elders and we also appreciate the weird, wonderful and wacky motivations of Generation Y,’’ Switzer says. ‘‘ We are the perfect generation to understand and respect all generations, regardless of their faults – which demonstrates why we are the best leaders.’’
Flanagan compared the leadership style of baby boomers to dictators but saved her sharpest barbs for those born between 1980 and 1995.
‘‘ Generation Y, you are not ready yet; you are still making mistakes. Your time will come,’’ she says.
Leadership Management Australasia research says only 17 per cent of baby boomers prefer to work with their own generation. And generations X and Y also rate baby boomers as the worst group to work with and take orders from.
LMA executive chairman Grant Sexton says baby boomers are now the challenge in workplaces, especially those in leadership positions.
‘‘ The pressure is on baby boomers to invent or reinvent themselves so (other generations) feel comfortable working with them,’’ he says.
– Ben Pike
CHANGE UP: Other generations find baby boomers the most challenging at work.