Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Russell Guay, advisor
When the phrase “effective leadership” is heard, the first things most people think of are the leader’s traits and behaviors. However, most fail to consider the role that followers play in leadership. Leaders must adapt to their followers' needs, which do not always remain the same between generations and genders. As leaders throughout organizations strive to remain successful, they must understand how millennials differ in terms of what they consider to be an example of effective leadership. The existing research regarding leadership effectiveness has yet to consider the followers in the millennial generation. The following paper contains a literature review and a study to determine what millennials see as effective leadership traits and behaviors across generations as well as gender differences in these perceptions. Implications and recommendations are also discussed.
Year of Submission
Department of Management
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
1 PDF file (26 pages)
©2018 Marissa Heinzerling
Heinzerling, Marissa, "Effective leadership: Prior research vs. the millennials" (2018). Honors Program Theses. 319.