We regularly hear this from our leaders,
And we also have to look ahead to the future. Because I believe that if a Navy that does not look like its nation, it will become disconnected. As I looked at the leadership in the Navy today and unless we do something different with the officers and senior enlisted and our senior government executives, it will not look like the nation they serve. They all tend to look a lot like me and that’s not what we need. If you look at the Navy writ large, we represent America, in regards to racial, gender and experience. But when I ask leadership to step forward, there we fall short. So what I need from you and I know that this community is already doing it, is for you to help us shape that Navy of the future that reflects the face of America.That may be the advice the CNO gets from his pet-racialists he keeps on his staff, but that has no reflection on the young Sailors I worked with day in and day out, and the civilians I work with now of the younger generation.
What are they looking for? Well, shock - it doesn't take millions of dollars to figure out. As a matter of fact, anyone who understands the basics of leadership knows. Again, from IBD, - and tell me what is missing -
The future of America’s leadership may be better than you think. The up-and-comers rank integrity high among qualities they desire in leaders. Ways companies can benefit from that:I've said it before, I'll say it again. The problem is not today's youth. The problem is with the older leadership and their misplaced priorities and archaic world view. From USNA to OPNAV, if we had more people listening to Bette Price and fewer to Samuel Betances we would all be better off.
Appeal to priorities. Dallas based consulting firm Price Group conducted a recent survey of people age 20 to 30. They had to be in college, graduated or working.
The aim was to study future leaders, says CEO Bette Price. It quickly became clear where the priorities of those Generation Yers stand.
“Trust and integrity permeated through the entire research,” she told IBD. “Their value profile was almost identical to the ‘true leader’ profile I had done a few years ago.”
Keep the faith. It’s vital for this younger group to feel trusted. The survey showed that three-fourths made a point of not wanting to be micromanaged, which is a sign of distrust, Price says; 88% strongly said they wanted to work for a supervisor they could trust.
Win back their confidence. A study done by the Los Angelesbased nonprofit Josephson Institute of Ethics found that young people feel you have to lie or cheat in order to succeed. Those 17 and under were five times likelier to hold that belief than those over 50, the survey said.
“This generation is the most cynical ever,” said Michael Josephson, president of the institute. That finding backs up the Price Group survey. People tend to be less tolerant of certain behavior when they see themselves as victims, Josephson says.
Watch out. Cynical people who feel that lying or cheating is necessary to get ahead could lie and cheat later, the institute survey found. “It’s one of the best predictors of dishonest behavior,” Josephson said.
Use the facts. There is hope, Josephson says. One way to change those cynical beliefs is to cite examples of companies and people who have succeeded without cheating.
Retain your talent. People turn cynical if they expect leaders to be trustworthy but they turn out not to be. Result? The exit.
“If they feel there isn’t trust, they’ll probably leave,” Price said.
Be honest. One woman told Price that she opted not to interview with a firm when she saw that some information on its Web site contradicted what a recruiter had told her.
“They want to know what reality is and base their decision off that,” Price said. “Integrity is huge.”
Send a message. Make it clear that your company does things the right way and won’t tolerate cheating or stealing. Show that you’ll fire people if they violate those tenets.
“If a company truly sets and holds high standards of integrity, even dishonest people will act with integrity ,” Josephson said.
Set an example. You can’t expect your people to operate with integrity if the leaders don’t. Display the behavior you want others to show.
“The best way to fuel cynicism is to be a false prophet,” Josephson said. “Dishonest companies will generate dishonesty.”
Open up. Be upfront with your people. Price says one guy in the survey said his boss called him in to discuss a project. All was fine. But when the guy got back to his desk, the boss had sent him an e-mail criticizing him.
The guy thought, “ ‘How can I trust him when he won’t even say anything to my face?’ ” Price said.
This crop of young men and women are outstanding individuals, and deserve better. We can start by not insulting their intelligence by treating them like the audience from Room 222.