Some of my best friends at work are millennials: Leader-member exchange in the face of evolving generational diversity in the workplace

D. Gullifor, L. Tribble, Claudia Cogliser

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore leader-member exchange across Baby Boomer, Generation X, and Millennial generations. A total of 132 US employees were interviewed with 22 leaders and 22 followers of each generation. These interviews were coded for patterns of action and interaction. Our analyses produced seven themes. We found that Gen X workers believe work is less important than both Baby Boomers and Millennials. Differences between generations were found in perceptions regarding Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) and its four dimensions: affect, loyalty, contribution, and professional respect. Gen Xers were intent upon their followers following directions and simply doing what they are told. Baby Boomers and Millennials exhibited more interest in a follower’s exhibition of independence and their ability to give and receive feedback. Our data showed little evidence from the Millennial transcripts that supports entitled/narcissistic tendencies. We found little evidence of ill will t
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSome of my best friends at work are millennials: Leader-member exchange in the face of evolving generational diversity in the workplace
PublisherInformation Age Publishing, Inc.
StatePublished - Apr 20 2017

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    Gullifor, D., Tribble, L., & Cogliser, C. (2017). Some of my best friends at work are millennials: Leader-member exchange in the face of evolving generational diversity in the workplace. In Some of my best friends at work are millennials: Leader-member exchange in the face of evolving generational diversity in the workplace Information Age Publishing, Inc..