Managing Older People

How to handle managing people who are older than you? It's an issue some of millennial have dealt with. A lot of this is about respect. This is what humanistic management and leadership is all about.

If there isn’t respect, the relationship won’t work. Doesn’t matter if it’s an older person managing a younger person or a younger person managing an older person.  The manager has to respect the employee or the relationship will be bad.

We are all different. We all have different experiences, knowledge bases and biases. Older people experienced different things than younger people did. They have different fears. But we are all still human and our basic emotional toolkit is the same regardless.

When managing someone, you have to find out what scares them and what excites them and how they as an individual need to be respected. Without knowing that, you won’t be a good manager. And again, it doesn’t matter what your age is – this is about getting to know the individual and not making assumptions about them.

If your staff member makes assumptions about you – fine. Don’t compound that mistake by making assumptions about them. Take the time to get to know them and respect their experience and what they know and have learned along the way. That way – you can utilize all the skills they bring to the table. That’s good management. 

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