Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders

ICLD 2.1 Generations: Discussion Board

Instructor: Dr. Mitch
  1. Post a new discussion related to the topics covered in this module.  Your post needs to provide specific lessons learned with examples from this module helping you enhance your leadership capacity at work.
  2. After posting your discussion, review posts provided by other students in the class and reply to at least one of them. 


  • Todays workforce is compiled of many different type of generations. It was interesting to see how many professionals classified each generation. I am from generation x. This generation to me seemed to be a generation that was full of innovative and a go getter type of generation. This generation was high on technology and was focused on change in the way we do things that would emphasize human rights. However, all generations seemed to the same similarities in which they thought fairness was the most important aspect in the working place. I think this is important as it allows for growth and prosperity. In order for this to be effective I think the leadership had to be of someone with credibility. Every generation has some type of influence on how they should view the world. But overall it seems as each generation wanted to improve in someway on how they were brought up. You can see how each generation just wanted to improve and make things more accessible. However, I believe in some ways every generation in todays society has forgotten what its like to interact and work to achieve success. Todays generation I believe expect things to be given rather then earned. I just dont know how this could change.

  • As a millennial, I would say that for other millennials most do need that reassurance that their doing a great job or to be told something to make them feel better. Personally I will let my work show for my own reassurance. I do believe in giving credit to whom deserves it not just handing it out left and right and just to please someone’s feelings. We can all work together as one instead of each individual generations. We both can teach each other new things. As many generations can think outside of the box or give you more details due to their experience in the field.

    • I think people in general need a reassurance that they are doing well. I personally think that a person should not always expect it. Just because they are doing something well can be received with positivity but they also need to be able to accept the negative as well. If a person continues to need the reassurance then they probably are not fit for the position they hold. Obviously certain things need to be commended but just not everything. All generations need to learn to grow and prosper. We all need to have a mentor that will help us. But that mentor needs to be honest in every aspect of their position.

  • As I was listening to each of the videos regarding Generation X I was trying to see how much my personality, work ethic and beliefs fit into each of the different areas discussed. There were several areas that I agreed with and then there were several that I didn’t fit into at all. My boss has actually called me a workaholic so I wouldn’t fall in the slacker category and I definitely put the company’s needs above my own or relationships with coworkers. I was also trying to determine what generation cohort my current and past employees fit in. As a supervisor, this information will be very useful for me to determine how to interact and motivate my team. Especially since I don’t fall in the generation that most of my members do. Clearly not everyone is going to fit exactly into their generation but it does provide more insight on what the majority desires and expects from their employer.

    • Work should always speak for itself. Quantity and quality are just as important. When coming to work and you have coworkers talk about sliding under the radar, or to the opposite, just turning and burning to get the next stat, I feel that it can do them and the agency an injustice. You should always give your best quality with everything you do, by working hard and not doing it for praise. Some agencies are “stat” driven, which is unfortunate because it can cause a divide between generational gaps. I will say that when I was a lot younger and being a “top producer” before being looked at for promotion or recognition was deemed “not enough” or appearing unnoticed, it was discouraging and was not be perceived well. As you get further in your career or become more mature, you realize that not everything will just be given to you without certain expectations.

  • This section has good information that needs to be retained in order to overcome the challenges of leading different age groups of individuals. As the instructor was saying, people will have different work ethics and behaviors based on their experiences. As Law Enforcement becomes more proactive and the lower levels of employees are increasingly involved with decision making and policy planning, it is important to recognize as a leader the reasons behind your subordinates behavior. A younger leader who is taking a proactive approach to get to know older subordinates wants and desires to be more effective in leading them, may be seen as micromanaging when the goal is to benefit both parties. On the other side it is important to understand the inquisitiveness of younger generations who may question directives more. If said action isn’t a direct challenge of authority or disrespect, It should be taken either as a lack of understanding of said directive, or a possible idea to improve the overall strategy.

    • I have to agree that this section was very informative not only with understanding how our members operate but also members of our community. However, having a better understanding of how our members operate will be beneficial for ourselves as supervisors. I recently had two members who would be considered Millennials, this was a huge struggle for me and had I know what I know now it would have been a lot less stressful and I would have handled situations differently. They would constantly question every policy put in place, didn’t want to work a minute over their normal scheduled hours, felt like their were always doing things right and had no issues with speaking their minds to other supervisors. Many people viewed them as entitled, abrasive and didn’t want to work with them. As their supervisor I thought they were constantly questioning authority and weren’t team players. After this training, I can see that many of traits are part of their generation and require different strategies for guidance and coaching.

  • It was interesting to read hear that professionals notice the difference between the generations and the how they apply to today’s workforce. The fact that Generation Y are the type that want to do everything themselves, with only positive reinforcement and no micromanaging. If they are not told repeatedly throughout the task/s that they are doing well instead of worrying about the task itself, it is problematic. On the other side of the spectrum, the boomer generation will take pride in their work in order to obtain the finished product. If you try to provide ways to improve on something, especially when it relates to technology, this can cause can cause conflict as well.

    The squad I work with currently is a younger generation, mostly of the millennial generation group. I believe that giving credit where credit is due is important; however, not at the expense at giving credit for mediocrity work. If bare minimum work is accepted and praised, exceptional work will not be attempted and going that “extra mile” will happen only when told to do so. I believe that the younger generation tends to want to impress based on “look what I can do!” instead of letting you notice what you have been doing all along.

    • I also agree that younger generations are more likely to become stagnant in their workload if not actively engaged. I have also noticed that it is very difficult to get older generations to participate in proactive planning such as enforcement plans. There truly is deviation in leadership styles that needs to be taken into account when leading different age groups.

    • I absolutely agree that it is important to give credit where credit is do, I don’t like it when supervisors try to take credit for something they had no part in. However, I will admit that I struggle giving praise to individuals who complete tasks that are part of their job or jump up and down like a cheerleader when they completed daily responsibilities. On the other hand I have no problem going above and beyond and showing someone how grateful or appreciative I am when they go the extra mile or take on additional responsibilities. I feel like if we are constantly praising for everyday activities then it means nothing and their isn’t a reason for them to go above what is expected.

    • I agree, a majority of the peers I work with get upset that they don’t receive praise or positive feedback from something that you do all the time compared to that one time they do it. I did what they did but where is my reward mindset.

  • I am a Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPAC) evaluator and am testing the system.

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