Many of today’s leaders are concerned about the preparedness, industriousness, seriousness and dedication of the millennial generation: those born between 1980 and 2000 (give or take a year or two in either direction).

They should be concerned. After all, millennials account for a significant and growing percentage of the labor force. Here in the United States they’re projected to make up “as much as 75% of the … workforce” by 2025, the Brookings Institution reports.

Moreover, as my colleague Julia Fetherston notes, “more and more of them are … moving into management ranks—occupying positions where they can exert considerable influence on their organizations.” I can attest to that. Here at BCG, a growing number of the “associates” we hired right out of college between 2000 and 2005 are now partners. We’re not unique…

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