An editorial in a magazine published by the U.S. Naval Institute grouses about the behavior of Millennials: their constant texting ignores the chain of command and they’re way too laid back to serve in the military. A Millennial naval officer has responded online—and he blew those complaints out of the water.
I consider it a privilege to learn with and from generations worth of warriors in the military. I would imagine previous generations wondered the same about my clan when we entered the ranks. In the end, it’s about communicating–leading through engagement. As a result, today’s generation of leaders must lean into their discomfort to learn the language of today’s generation of hopefuls in order to engage, communicate and interact in a way that is both meaningful and valuable to all involved. This is exactly why embracing, rather than fearing, social media is so important–it is a stream of communication that should be explored by anyone hoping to reach out and connect.