Accession Number:

ADA601606

Title:

Commanding Generation Y: How Generation X Military Leaders Can Better Utilize Generational Tendencies

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-03-21

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

Differentiating between multiple generational tendencies, how generations communicate differently, and the motivational drive behind each generation, enable Generation X commanders to better lead Generation Y within the U.S. military. Commanding Generation Y is significant to those commanders who will lead Generation Y while bridging the hierarchy of a different generation Baby Boomers. Although the profession of arms is a time-honored tradition steeped in discipline, and historic practices, the new generation of commanders must adapt to the conventions of Generation Y to be successful. The approach to Commanding Generation Y will identify key generational differences in behavior relating to military command. Answering questions as to the needs of Generation Y to increase productivity, how to clearly communicate the Commanders message, advanced practices of training and operating, and how to maintain unwavering military values to a new generation will be answered. Additionally, and as important, commanders must also understand how to bridge the generational gap to senior leaders. Successful Generation X leaders must appreciate and adapt to Generation Y differences while remaining loyal to senior leadership generational tendencies.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE