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HANDLING GENERATIONAL GAP

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Statement of Problem
There is an ongoing need for new Leaders to build organizations that reach more young people in every generation. Leaders as servant-leaders will help to pioneer new organizations or continue with established ones.
Fundamental Questions
1. Why would the young prospective leaders in institutions – churches, para-churches, businesses and even countries not follow in the footsteps of the older generation?
2. What leadership styles widen or bridge the leadership generation gap?

and many more fundamental questions

Course Content
Module 1: Unravel the Gap
Is there is a generation gap in society today?
One survey compared four generations, aged 18-30, 31-48, 49-62, and 63 plus. Several questions were asked to tap into underlying beliefs and values, such as, “Hard work is the key to getting ahead,” and “America is the very best place in the world to live.”

Module2: Bridging the Gap
Show Respect: An attitude of respect and faith is contagious. Young people tend to see themselves the way their parents see them, so when you show that you respect their ability to make decisions, learn from outcomes and survive mistakes and adversity, this strengthens them. If your object is only to listen, you won’t be preparing your response while your teen is still talking. You’ll hear better that way, and your teen will be encouraged to talk more.

Module3: Reproducing Leaders
John Maxwell in his book Developing the Leaders around You remarks that most people believe that each new generation of leaders is born rather than developed.

Mentoring is one of the most influential ways to help us grow into intimacy with others, accept our identity and discover our unique voices for responsibility.

CONCLUSION

Young leaders need to learn from the old and to submit to them so that goals would be achieved better. The old need the strength, enthusiasm and creative ideas of the young ones. The young need the wisdom, mature counsel, training and restraints of the old so that wrong decisions with painful consequences are not made. For this to happen there must be a humble and right attitude on the part of both groups toward the other (O’Donovan 2000, 213).

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HANDLING GENERATIONAL GAP

Introduction
Organizational target audience usually comprise and impacts three generations: children, youth and adults. Adults are the working class group in society, they constitute the major leadership with the servant-leadership role of creating a relationship with the youth and children.

Overspecialized training can drain off the potential leaders.” (Ford 1991, 24) Likewise, large organizations have the tendency to hinder the development of leaders as many members may be overlooked, under nurtured, and ill prepared.

 

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