How can businesses use positive leadership to achieve greater success in a workplace that motivates millennials?

Alonso De Celada, Guillermo ; Connerton, Timothy (Dir.)

Mémoire de bachelor : Haute école de gestion de Genève, 2019 ; TDIBM 48.

In todays’ fast changing World, organizations’ leaders must be quick to react and adapt to the evolution of society. Because of this fast-paced society, leaders have to take into account the arrival of new generations that come with new mentalities. However, how well matches the conventional manner to lead with the new generations? This report has for objective to explore, understand and... More

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    In todays’ fast changing World, organizations’ leaders must be quick to react and adapt to the evolution of society. Because of this fast-paced society, leaders have to take into account the arrival of new generations that come with new mentalities. However, how well matches the conventional manner to lead with the new generations? This report has for objective to explore, understand and evaluate if the implementation of the leadership style “Positive Leadership” can contribute in helping organizations to reach greater success and have a positive influence in the work environment. In addition, the arrival of the millennial generation in the workplace is also a topic that this research aims to cover. This generation having its characteristics and traits, it is necessary to discover and apprehend their traits and see if while capturing what motivates them in the work environment, they can ultimately be in symbiosis with a “Positive Leadership” style. In accordance with Kim Cameron’s book “Positive Leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary Performance” (Cameron 2012), positive leadership nurtures the well-being of individuals in the workplace and consequently increases the productivity and performance. This type of leadership is divided in four pillars that contribute to the development of positive leadership, those pillars are: positive climate, positive relationships, positive communication and positive meaning. Connecting this management style with the millennial generation and its characteristics in the workplace – which vary strongly from the past generations – this research has discovered that both millennial’s traits and positive leadership have a beneficial correlation, to offer to leaders a way to manage efficiently and humanely this generation, while fostering growth in the organizations. To corroborate those claims, this research has made an extensive literature review of positive leadership, millennials’ characteristics, captured the essence of success and discovered what drives as motivator this generation. Moreover, it has been complemented with qualitative interviews to experts in different areas conducted by the researcher. The final outcomes of this research have indeed successfully proven how positive leadership drives organizations to greater success while finding that millennials would truly be in synergy with such management style.