Landed your first management role (and that nice pay bump) all before your 30th birthday? You're a rock star! You may still be worrying, though, about how you'll transition to this new role, and how you'll prove yourself to your older colleagues.
If anyone questions you, tell them this: Leaders under the age of 30 are more likely to run both an effective and fun team environment, according to the Harvard Business Review.
So not only are they more likely to get results, but their direct reports will actually enjoy (or at least not dread) going into the office every day.
In fact, the study of 7,800 leaders found that younger managers were two to three times as likely to be effective at both results and engagement, with nearly one-third of the under-30 group achieving both priorities well.
Besides their age, what sets these leaders apart? Here are the six skills the study determined as the most important:
1. Communicates clear strategy and direction
2. Inspires and motivates
3. Establishes stretch goals
4. Has high integrity and inspires trust
5. Develops others
6. Is coachable
Once managers hit 40, the study found, they were less likely to check both boxes, instead choosing one or the other. From this age group on, just 10% of leaders were found to do both things well.
Why the shift? It could be that younger employees are more likely to blend their work and personal lives, placing greater value on office relationships, than their older colleagues who prefer to keep the two separate. Or, maybe they no longer feel they have to prove themselves once they've had years of experience, posits HBR.
And a higher title doesn't necessarily translate to better results, the study also found. Supervisors are actually twice as likely than senior managers (who outrank them) to be rated highly on both their business results and their team's satisfaction.
So whether you're moving into your own managerial position or have a younger-than-expected new manager, don't let age — or lack thereof — throw you off.