Engaging Millennials in Governance

By Mary K. Totten

Self-focused; entitled; technology-enabled; committed to causes important to them and to bringing about positive change; seeking flexibility, efficiency and work/life balance; and value being listened to and having influence. These are some of the seemingly conflicting characteristics often used to describe Millennials, the largest living generation in human history. Defined broadly as individuals born between the early 1980s and late 1990s, Millennials are a growing force to be reckoned with in today’s workplace and also are making their way into the boardroom.

Because of this generation’s size and increasing influence, Millennials are being surveyed and studied to better understand what makes them tick and how they may play a role in fundamentally reshaping how we live, work—and govern—our organizations.

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