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Key Findings from What Works: Developing Successful Multigenerational Leadership

“With up to four generations at work, nonprofit leaders are now struggling to make room for the ideas and skills of newer generations, while figuring out how to support the continued presence of older, more seasoned workers” -What Works, 2010

In 2010, Building Movement Project released a breakthrough report on what creates successful multigenerational leadership in the workplace.  Based on a survey conducted with Idealist.org, What Works offers recommendations for how nonprofits can support dedicated staff, build their capacity to lead, and deepen their commitment to the nonprofit sector at little to no cost. While it is true that generations differ in how they approach their work, there are remarkable similarities in what people want out of their job. The What Works report examines when leaders do their best work, what constitutes a good workplace, and how to improve on our ability to retain, support, and promote staff across generations.

This fact sheet highlights the key findings from that report and offers our recommendations for how to create generational harmony in the workplace.  It’s a great resource to start with when thinking about how your own organization can improve the way it allows different generations to do their best work. 

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