Generational differences and participant experiences in leadership development: A phenomenological study

by Remedies, Suzanne E., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 163 pages; 3509148


This this qualitative phenomenological study examines generational cohort perceptions as they apply to civilian leadership training within the DOD. Zenger, Ulrich and Smallwood (2000) describe that a new approach for developing future leaders is necessary. Identifying whether generational perceptions of ELDP members positively or negatively impact DOD civilian leadership training can be useful in determining whether traditional training and education meets the needs of today's civilian expeditionary force. The sample consisted of 18 graduates of the ELDP program, and included a semi-structured one-on-one interview of six key questions designed to explore graduate experiences. Participants shared their experiences related to the leadership development course and the results suggest that while no clear indication of generational differences influence leadership development, the ELDP course is extremely effective. Analysis also reveals that while improvements could be made, overall graduate satisfaction is extremely high the experiential approach utilized by the program is very successful.

AdviserCalvin Lathan
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Adult education; Public administration
Publication Number3509148

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