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Influence, Power, And Authority: Using Millennials' Views To Shape Leadership Practices

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Air War College, Air University Maxwell AFB United States

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ivAbstractDefined as those adults born from 1981 to 1997, the Millennial generation now represents the largest generation in the American military and civilian workforce. As a growing body of literature has revealed, Millennials hold a variety of different beliefs that have resulted in a gap between Millennials and previous generations. Because of the need to lead and train Millennials for military service, it is critical that military leaders understand the distinct beliefs of this generation. Of key interest to military service are the beliefs of Millennials regarding leadership and related concepts. This research paper surveys current literature in order to determine the distinct attitudes of Millennials concerning leadership, influence, power, and authority and to discern how an awareness of these views recommends certain leadership approaches, practices, and tools that can be effectively employed in leading this generation. Key beliefs of Millennials are analyzed under the headings of views toward self, attitudes toward work, relationships to authority, and their connections to peers. Specific recommendations are provided to allow leaders to improve their ability to engage and lead Millennials.


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