LEADERSHIP STYLES PREFERENCE AMONG MILLENNIALS WORKFORCE
The aim of this study was to establish the preferred leadership styles among Millennial workforces. This study used the survey method utilizing three instruments; Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) (α=0.74), Task and Relationship Questionnaire (TRQ) (α=0.75), and Authentic Leadership Questionnaire (ALQ) (α=0.78). The data was collected randomly from participants who attended career fairs in Kuala Lumpur. The samples comprised of 120 respondents (N=120), 46 respondents are male (38.3%) whereas 74 respondents are female (61.7%). The results revealed that Millennials prefer transformational leadership and a degree of transactional leadership, but rejected laissez-faire leadership as a whole. In addition, the results exhibited that Millennials prefer a relationship-behaviour driven leader instead of a task-behaviour driven leader. Furthermore, the results also indicated that Millennials prefer a leader who is true to him/herself, with strong moral character and solid reputation, deep knowledge of the subject matter and performs behavioural reflection. The implication of this study shows that Millennials discard a laissez-faire leadership style and that organizations shall refrain from employing them. In addition, organizations should identify leaders who know themselves, have a clear sense of who they are and what they stand for, and are open and honest in presenting their true self to others.
Keywords: millennials, leadership styles, leadership, organization, workforce