WHAT MARK ZUCKERBERG’S LEADERSHIP MEANS FOR MILLENNIALS

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan recently pledged to donate 99% of their Facebook shares to charitable causes over the course of their lives. The news came via an open letter published on Facebook that the couple wrote to their newborn daughter, Max. The couple hopes that the donation—worth about $45 billion—will help make the world a better place for their daughter. Zuckerberg is undeniably a leader of his generation—Generation Y, or “Millennials”—and his donation is setting an important precedent for his peers: that supporting social causes is more important than accumulating tremendous wealth… And yes, he’s keeping quite a lump sum, but his commitment to giving most of it away is rare and unique. His actions say it all: That helping others is of paramount importance. That we are all responsible for making this world a better place. Zuckerberg is certainly setting a positive example for his peers, but this a generation already inclined towards philanthropy. Millennials were raised during an era that...
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