It is hard to disagree that modern generations are eager to rule the world and desire to prove themselves even before college graduates. Few of them can admit that they need additional knowledge and skills. Though having self-confidence is incredibly important and beneficial, being extra confident can sometimes lead to mistakes and unwanted outcomes. When becoming the leader of other people, it is vital to find a balance between pursuing new knowledge, having good or even friendly relations with colleagues, the ability to lead and be an authority, and self-confidence. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the case of a young manager Christopher Payne who faces certain difficulties while trying to lead his team.
Christopher’s relatively unsuccessful experiences are related to several mistakes he has made after accepting the new position. To begin with, he was certain of knowing everything and did not pay attention to his management and leadership classes. He “felt that he had already learned everything there was to know about the management of people within the industry,” and this extra self-confidence was his first mistake (Davis et al. 14). Further, when Christopher met his new colleagues, he did not evaluate their characteristics, habits, or first impressions of the new manager, which was another failure.
At the same time, Christopher also made effective decisions and steps. First, he was not afraid of proposing and implementing new changes, most of which were successful (Davis et al.). While being certain of his choices but meeting resistance from some employees, Christopher did not give up his ideas but insisted on achieving results. Additionally, he was friendly to his workers while making them respect him as their leader (Davis et al.). Though it was partly unsuccessful, Christopher had the right intentions.
Finally, there are several things he needed to change to make everything work properly. First, it would be beneficial for Christopher to attend effective courses and seek guidance from his immediate leader. Second, he should have studied the characteristics of the three generations and addressed their needs slightly differently. It would enhance his experiences as a manager and make all workers respect him.
Davis, Brendan W., et al. “Effective Management Strategies: Millennial Leaders Managing a Multigenerational Workplace.” Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Cases, vol. 6, no. 3, 2018, pp. 9– 16.