Last week Alberto Solis, one of our Board members, hosted our Home Hospitality for the science and tech entrepreneurship program. A participant asked Alberto how he managed the incorporation of millennials to a project like Q Station, the answer was so interesting that we proposed to Alberto to write us an article with his answer but emphasizing Hispanic millennials since we are in the Hispanic Heritage month. The result deserves to be read:
My dad used to tell me, “Mijo, el que persevera alcanza.” These words led me to grow as a Leader.
Twenty years later, it is a fantastic time for Hispanic Millennials wanting to develop and grow as leaders. According to CNBC there are over 10 million job openings across the U.S., including one million more vacant jobs than unemployed people. It seems that now is the time to negotiate a job with a higher salary, but I believe there is something better. Hispanic Millennials have a unique opportunity before them: To provide leadership in work that is critical to the mission and vision of an organization.
So, before asking for the raise or the highest possible salary, first ask yourself what type of work provides you with a sense of purpose, or meaningfulness. Then ask your current or prospective employer these two questions: How do you believe leaders in this organization can help achieve its mission and vision? What needs to happen for me to provide leadership in work critical to the mission and vision of the organization?
If your professional sense of purpose aligns with the answers to those two questions, you will end up contributing to your team and organization in a way that will merit recognition and other benefits, such as a higher salary or new career opportunities. Then use the qualities often learned in Hispanic households and families–strong work ethic, collaboration, and servant leadership. Remember–mission-oriented leaders are grown, not born. The opportunity is yours to create.
Thank you very much Alberto for your time and for sharing your knowledge.
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