World – Generation, not gender, determines work attitude: Egon Zehnder

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Women and men have similar attitudes on leadership and diversity in the workplace, but businesses face a growing challenge to accommodate the personal and professional priorities of younger generations, according to an international study of business executives released today by executive search firm Egon Zehnder International.

The study found a gap in attitudes and priorities between generations, particularly regarding diversity, leadership qualities and career development.

Key findings of the survey include:

Diversity: Diverse workplace is most important to younger generations: Sixty-five percent of millennials and 61% of Gen Xers said it was very important, compared with 51% of boomers. And 62% of millennials said a diverse workplace is also very important to the success of the organization.

Expectations of leaders: When asked the most important qualities a great leader should embody, those under age 35 rated humility the highest — a preference even more pronounced among men, with 55% of male millennials saying this is important compared to 32% of male baby boomers.

Career development: The majority of respondents, 86%, experienced some type of barrier during their career journeys — though a third of male boomers claimed they had faced no barriers to success at all.

Career priorities and motivations: Millennials are more likely to agree that their work-life balance is about right, with 87% agreeing, versus 80% of Gen Xers and 78% of baby boomers.

The 2019 Leaders & Daughters Global Survey included more than 2,500 people in management and leadership positions in the US, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India and the UK. It was conducted in January and early February 2019.



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