"Internal Burn to Move on": Millennial Leaders’ Challenges and Resources at Work

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The growing number of today’s leaders represent millennial leaders who have their specific approach to leadership work. This was a qualitative study in which 28 Finnish leaders from Great Places to Work companies were interviewed. The study had two purposes: the first aim was to understand what kind of leadership-related challenges millennial leaders describe and the second focused on analyzing what kind of resources they identified when dealing with these challenges. The interview data was analyzed with the qualitative content analysis. Two types of challenges from the millennial leaders’ perceptions could be distinguished. These were the challenges for the future and challenges related to human activity. When it came to resources, a passion for leadership and a positive and confident attitude toward challenges helped leaders. The findings were also discussed against the elements of Grit (interest, practice, purpose, and hope), which showed that leaders’ perceptions when analyzed from this perspective contributed a new theoretical viewpoint to Grit and a practical model for analyzing today’s leadership challenges and coping.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-77
JournalInternational Journal of Business and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Work Engagement
  • Grit
  • Millennial Leader
  • Content Analysis
  • Challenge
  • Resources

Field of science

  • General education


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