When your mom started her career, “boss” likely referred to someone older, wiser and probably wearing wing tips (or at least a mean pair of shoulder pads). Today? Your boss could easily be younger than you—or maybe it’s you, heading a team of 20 before you even hit 30. A recent study found that millennials aspire to be “transformational” leaders who value collaboration, passion and purpose over conformity and process. Here are some tips on how to make your mark in the modern office.
1. Share Information
The number-one trait people look for in a leader is honesty. Earn your team’s trust—and let them know where they stand—by scheduling regular one-on-ones to offer and solicit feedback. Get to know everyone socially and keep abreast of what they need help with so you can give support. And if you have an office, keep your door open.
2. Be Yourself—But Be Open to Improvement
This generation is more supportive toward different types of leadership. So introverts, extroverts, type As, and type Bs, feel free to step right up! That said, if you don’t like to speak in public, deliver bad news, or perform other essential job functions, you’re not quite off the hook. The key is recognizing where you need improvement—ask your team for comments—and then seek outside help from an executive coach or mentor.
3. Build Up Your Colleagues
Whitney Wolfe, the 26-year-old cofounder of Tinder and founder of the female-driven dating app Bumble, recommends empowering each of your team members to feel like an entrepreneur, free to contribute and own big ideas within the organization. (She recently got a great idea from an intern.) “You can’t lead with fear,” she says. “Results are better when people feel encouraged.”
(Self.com, May 2016)
- If you roll out of bed, hit the shower, guzzle your coffee, then bunker down in your office, you'll barely see the light of day until lunch. Missing out on morning rays might mess with your body mass index, a new study from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine found. People who get most of their natural light exposure after noon had higher BMIs than people who saw sunshine in the a.m., the study found.
- If you don't drink water in the morning, you'll be playing hydration catch-up for the rest of the day, says Leslie Bonci, RD, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Sports Medicine. And when you’re low on H2O, you’re more likely to be in a bad mood, get confused, or feel tired, reports new research from France.
- Head out for your morning run or lifting session without eating first, and you risk being surly and foggy all day long, according to recent British research. Men were sharper on daily tasks and in better moods overall when they had breakfast before an a.m. sweat session than when they skipped the meal, the study found.
- Spending your ride to work seething over traffic won’t just make you miserable that morning—it makes for a miserable life, according to recent Swedish research. How you feel about your commute, for better or worse, influences your overall happiness, or lack thereof, the study found.
Fill up on these four foods to help curb cravings.
Barley: The whole grain lowers blood sugar and insulin, found a 2016 Swedish study, and prompts a rise in hormones that regulate appetite.
Water: In research from Virginia Tech, folks who downed two cups of water before a meal ate 75 to 90 fewer calories than people who didn't hydrate before eating.
Eggs: Overweight women who ate a 350-calorie, protein-rich breakfast snacked on fewer fatty and sugary foods than those who skipped breakfast or ate cereal, per a 2013 study.
Red pepper: Adding a dash of this spice to your meal may help manage hankerings for fatty, salty, or sweet foods, according to research out of Purdue University.
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