In my experience, entitlement transcends all generation lines. Some of the most entitled employees and colleagues I worked with fell into the Boomer and Gen X category.

There’s been this “everyone needs to do their time climbing the corporate ladder. It’s what I did so you should have to do it” mentality. And that holds back creativity and growth. Some felt entitled based on tenure vs contributions. And yes all things being equal your time and experience plays a role. But rarely are all things equal.

It’s a bit of an ego hit when they see a young whipper snapper skip 10–15 years of “Grind Time.” When someone reaches a goal or dismissed the traditions and finds their own way, it can be unsettling.

But we need it. Millennials have been disrupters. That’s their job as the new generation.

Now there will be a new generation disrupting the Millenials. It’s a healthy cycle of growth.

Just keep this perspective in mind when you start scratching your head at Z or Alpha or whatever the next one is called! 😝

I’m passionate about personal and professional leadership. I write about lessons learned from managing teams (and myself) for 20+ years.

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