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The Multi-Generational Maze: Leading a Dynamic Team in Kenya

Kenya's workforce is experiencing a rapid generational shift. A recent report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) indicates a significant rise in Millennials (born between 1982 and 2004) within the workforce, making up over 35% of the employed population. This, coupled with a growing Gen Z presence (born after 2004) and a substantial Baby Boomer (born between 1946 and 1964) demographic, presents a unique challenge for mid-level managers in Kenya. Sources: KNBS website (https://www.knbs.or.ke/)

But fear not! Leading a multi-generational team is not a hurdle, it is an opportunity.

Each generation brings a distinct set of strengths to the table. Here is how to navigate the maze and unlock the full potential of your team:



  1. Understand Generational Traits: Millennials in Kenya are known for their tech-savviness and entrepreneurial spirit. Gen Z prioritizes social impact and purpose-driven work. Baby Boomers, on the other hand, contribute priceless experience and a strong work ethic. Recognizing these differences is key to effective leadership.

  2. Tap Into Generational Strengths: Embrace the diversity! Encourage collaboration across generations. Millennials can mentor Boomers on digital tools, while Boomers can share their industry knowledge with Gen Z. This cross-generational knowledge transfer benefits everyone.

  3. Bridge the Communication Gap: Communication styles can vary. Millennials might prefer instant messaging on platforms such as WhatsApp, while Boomers might favor face-to-face meetings. Be flexible! Utilize a mix of communication channels, from team huddles to online forums, to ensure everyone feels informed and heard.

Leading a multi-generational team can be an enriching experience. Use open communication and celebrate the unique strengths of each generation to create a dynamic and successful team that thrives in today's ever-evolving workplace.

What strategies have worked best for you in leading a multi-generational team?  Please share your experiences in the comments below!





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