A critical assessment of Leadership to identify contemporary leadership behaviour to inspire millennials

McGarry, Kevin (2023) A critical assessment of Leadership to identify contemporary leadership behaviour to inspire millennials. Doctoral thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Abstract

The aim of the research was to identify how leadership will need to adapt to lead teams in the future. In a Post COVID environment and with the increasing percentage of Millennials who are set to be the dominate target group being recruited over the next decade for the work force, leaders need to evolve their behaviors and priorities to become more effective. The concept of leadership has transformed into many phases of practice, over the decades, as new research revealed changing priorities to address market, employee and stakeholder needs. While authentic leadership is currently being promoted as a route to successfully lead a company, this research proposes that a more detailed insight into leadership is required that is relevant to the Millennial generation. To achieve the research goal an initial review was undertaken of the history of leadership, the most prominent leadership styles and their gaps ineffectiveness. This has resulted in the initial identification of twelve themes and after a robust review, nine themes are revealed that drive effective leadership. A pragmatic research methodology design was adopted whereby a Delphi study was initially undertaken to identify key elements that contribute to success in each of the twelve pillars of leadership. This involved seeking the views of 23 leaders within the financial services, legal and accounting fields. These leaders were CEO, Head of Sales, Presidents, Head of Businesses and Mid-level Leaders. The findings were then translated into likert statements and administered to a large survey target sample group of leaders and followers from Generation X and the Millennial Generation which resulted in over 500 responses. Advanced inferential statistics were applied to the survey results to test the reliability and validity of the conceptual framework through regression analysis.This research contributes to both the academic literature on leadership and the practice of the discipline. The research provides insights into the commonalities and disconnects between today’s leaders and followers which provides new knowledge to how leaders lead. The research connects the gap in Millennial expectations of leadership and how leaders can become more effective. This research is additive to the limited existing research on leadership in financial services, legal and accounting fields within the United States. The results provide guidance for current and aspiring leaders to become more effective as leaders in their chosen fields.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Doctoral Theses
Depositing User: Natalie Williams
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2023 13:25
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2023 13:25
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/2257

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