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[Excerpt] By 2021, four generations will be in the workplace. Each of these generations has unique attitudes, behaviors and approaches that will need to be recognized and managed. In order to be a successful organization and win during the war for talent, companies will need to identify the different needs across generations, and implement competitive strategies to attract and retain both current and future talent. It is a common belief amongst experts and scholars that the most important difference between a successful and unsuccessful organization is that of effective leadership. With the future of work changing, it is critical for companies to identify what successful leaders will need to look like.


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Varón, L. & Deshmukh, R. (2018). What does a successful leader look like in the future of work? Retrieved [insert date] from Cornell University, ILR School site:

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