Generation Z, the generation born from 1994 onwards, wants their leaders to be positive, according to “Generations”, a study of more than 18,000 working professionals and students across the world. This study conducted by INSEAD, Universum, and MIT found that the ever-increasing speed of technological change is opening up fissures in both generational expectations of leaders and their expectations for their own paths to management. The mix of aspirations and demands from the different generations presents challenges that will have to be carefully managed.

In this episode we discuss careers and what generation Z want from our leaders with Robin Duppui MIM'22 and Alexander Eissler MIM'22, a couple of our current Master in Management students who are in the middle of studying with 130 of their generation Z colleagues from across the globe.

We are also joined by Ruxandra Tosun, one of our INSEAD career coaches at the Career Development Centre who shares her firsthand knowledge of how this generation is moulding the career landscape.


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Our Guests Today

Alexander Eissler, MIM'22                 

Alex completed his Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics at Vienna University of Economics and Business. The programme’s international approach and culturally diverse student body taught him a lot about the importance of a global perspective and encouraged him to collect professional experiences across the globe. Alex has worked in different countries and industries from consulting to pro-bono and even entrepreneurship with his own start-up and is passionate about cars and tennis.

Robin Duppui, MIM'22

Robin is a German student, born and raised in Stuttgart with several years spent living abroad in Mexico and Australia. Looking for a leadership career in business management, he studied Business Administration and Economics at the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart), graduating with a Bachelor of Science. Alongside his studies, he has gained professional experience in several industries such as automotive, industrial automation, logistics, software-based medical technology and academia, mainly in sales and strategy-related roles. He is a passionate guitarist and an avid snowboarder.

Ruxandra Tosun

Ruxandra is passionate about building success stories and helping individuals reach their full potential, with a taste for international environments and is a Career Coach at INSEAD. Ruxandra tests how digital innovation can support the higher education sector and the coaching world enabling her to create new strategies and an interactive career journey for her clients.


Section 1 – Tell us about yourself

2:41 - Tell us who you are, where you come from and how did you get to where you are today.

5:10 - Tell us about some of the key highlights in your career?

9:30 - What does a career coach do at INSEAD? How is the Careers Team supporting the MIM students?

Section 2 – What do Generation Z want from the leaders

15:43 - You are both a part of Generation Z, however, you've also had fantastic exposure to a cohort of generation Z peers from across the world. What commonalities do you see consistent in your INSEAD MIM cohort?

19:52 - What is your expectation of the workplace and how do you feel that is different from other generations?

22:18 - What companies are most attractive to generation Z?

28:00 - What do expect from your manager/leaders and how do you like to be managed?

26:38 - What are the most common career challenges you see the MIM students facing in their journey?

Section 3 - Quick fire questions 

31:50 - Will Generation Z save/change the world?

33:56 - What is the worst advice about generation Z you see or hear being dispensed in your world?

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