Birthdates not succession criteria (Editor's Notes)

Succession planning needs to focus on best available candidates – regardless of age
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/15/2014

As a gen-Xer, it’s hard not to feel discouraged by the buzz surrounding millennials when it comes to leadership. Take this headline, which appeared on the Globe & Mail’s website last month: “Millenials better poised than gen X for leadership roles.”


The argument is that gen-X workers came into the workforce during a recession. As a result, we have been trained to keep our heads down, work hard and be thankful we have a job. We’re great workers but not leadership material — or so the argument goes.