Leading Staff Members Who are Older Than You

Leading Staff Members Who are Older Than You

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Seniority no longer reigns supreme in today’s mobile food industry. In fact, it’s not uncommon for food truck owners to manage staff members that are 10 to 20 years older than themselves. Leading is hard enough when you have experience on your side. Here are three ways to make sure your age doesn’t betray you:

  • Be confident. Start strong. Don’t qualify your statements or ideas. Speak with conviction and assume that your ideas are good ones.
  • Be open-minded. Balance your poise with an open mind. Put your proposals out there and then solicit opinions and ideas. Give your employees a voice.
  • Ask for feedback regularly. Make sure people know you care about continuous improvement. They’ll be more likely to give you useful feedback about your performance as a leader.

 

Richard is an architect by degree (Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan) who began his career in real estate development and architectural planning. In September of 2010 he created Mobile Cuisine Magazine to fill an information void he found when he began researching how to start a mobile hotdog cart in Chicago. Richard found that there was no central repository of mobile street food information anywhere on the internet, and with that, the idea for MCM was born.