Leadership through the generation gap

Leadership through the generation gap


What type of leadership do millennials want from their leaders? The intent of a recent study of career firefighters in a large metropolitan county in Texas was to determine whether statistically significant differences exist between the three generational cohorts in the leadership style that they prefer from their leaders. The two leadership styles that were utilized in the study were transactional and transformational. In brief, transactional leadership is an action-reaction relationship. If someone does X, they either will be rewarded or punished, depending on the circumstance: For example, do your job and get a paycheck. Baby boomers are very accustomed to this type of leadership style, because it was handed down to them from their officers who were from the traditional generation of World War II. 

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