Leading Staff Members Who are Older Than You
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.