Doing it Their Way: Gen Z Leadership
Generation Z, the post-millennial generation of individuals born after 1996 already includes 61 million Americans. Though the younger side of Gen Z are still children, the older members are already beginning to graduate college and even enter the workforce - but they won’t be content as just another cog in the machine. The entrepreneurial spirit guides Gen Z to forge forward in their own paths and build their own careers.
To better understand Gen Z’s place in the future economy we must look at their goals and priorities. Making note of their experiences growing up during the Great Recession, their attitudes towards money and saving are ahead of of their time. Before they even enter college, Gen Zers are reluctant to plan to for a future of debt, many of them outright rejecting the possibility of taking on student loan debt. More than 20% of Gen Zers already have their own savings account by the time they reach ten years old, and 24% say they plan on using their own savings funds to pay for college. After college, they will really put their skills to the test by establishing themselves as valuable professional resources, honing their skills and using what they’ve learned to build their own businesses and brands. Among current high schoolers, 41% say they plan on starting their own business and 45% say they will invent something that will change the world.
Wise beyond their years, Gen Zers not only know what they want but also understand what it will take to get there. This infographic details the nuances of Gen Z leadership, gives us a look into their minds and hearts, and helps us better understand their goals and what older generations can do to help them succeed.