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Managers of each generation: perceived skills

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Growing managerial skills: Perceived strengths and weaknesses of managers of each generation

To gain a better understanding of how managers of each generation are perceived, the survey asked respondents to evaluate them on a range of skills.

Gen X

  • When asked which generation is best equipped to manage teams effectively overall, seven in 10 respondents said Gen X (70%) compared to boomers (25%) and Gen Y (5%).
  • Regarding managerial skills, respondents overwhelmingly favored Gen X (considered the "best" on nine of the 11 attributes).

Gen Y

  • Gen Y (69%) just surpassed Gen X (68%) in displaying "diversity" skills, or the ability to build culturally competent teams and to not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, etc., including taking measures to avoid unconscious bias.
  • Although Gen Y earned the fewest mentions as the "best" at displaying eight out of 11 management skills, this generation outpaced boomers (33% vs. 16%) in their ability to be the best "inclusive" leaders, or involving a diverse set of people in providing opportunities, developing strategies and making decisions.

Boomers

  • Boomers edged out Gen X as the "best" generation to "manage in challenging times" (48% vs. 44%). Boomers’ second highest rating was for displaying "leadership," trailing Gen X only slightly for their proficiency in displaying these skills (44% vs. 49% Gen X).
  • Boomers received the lowest scores of all three generations in being "best" at "diversity" (12%), "flexibility" (21%) and "inclusive" leadership (16%) skills.

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Managers of each generation that "best" display the following skills

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