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Leadership Perspectives of C-Suite Executives Versus Millennial Leaders

January 1, 2017 • Leadership Styles, Millennial Leaders

Introduction Millennials (born 1981-1997) now make up the largest generation in the U.S. workforce according to Pew Research Center in 2015 (see graphic below) and according to PwC’s Millennials at work: Reshaping the workplace study, they are expected to make up half the global workforce by 2020. A growing number are already holding senior level roles, making a new research-based study released this month worth reviewing. The study, “Divergent Views/Common Ground – The Leadership Perspectives of C-Suite Executives and Millennial Leaders Executive Summary” was jointly led by The Conference Board (TCB), Development Dimensions International (DDI), and RW2 Enterprises (RW2E). The goal was to help… » Read More

Are Current Leadership Theories Relevant to Millennials?

October 1, 2016 • Leadership Styles, Millennial Leaders, Transformational Leadership

Introduction The authors of this Leadership Quarterly article question whether five contemporary leadership theories are relevant to Millennials (those born between 1981-1997 who make up the largest generation cohort of the working population as of 2015). This paper is an important read for all leaders and HR professionals whose leadership approaches are based on current theories. The five leadership styles called out in this article are as follows (definitions from Wikipedia): Transformational leadership: Leaders that follow the transformation style of leading, challenge and inspire their followers with a sense of purpose and excitement. Information processing: Focuses on the role of social perception… » Read More

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