Journal of International Business and Management (JIBM)

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Volume 3 | Issue 4 | 2020

Title: Leadership Style for Generation Y in Today’s Workforce, a Case of Malaysia

Author(S): Muhammad Rozien Zakwan Bin Ab Rahman

Corresponding Author Affiliation*: University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia


The main purpose of this research is to determine the preferred leadership style(s) among Generation Y. With changes in the workforce, a new approach in leadership is needed. This is to ensure the leader’s strategy will be compatible with the workforce. The respondents of this study are focusing on generation Y, which age is between 18 to 32 years old who works in the government and private sector around Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The primary data source is using a questionnaire that was distributed randomly among generation Y around Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The analysis of the data was tested using SPSS software. This study found out that Generation Y more preferred Ethical Leadership than Transformational or Servant Leadership. This proves that Generation Y needs a new style of leadership to become more productive.

Keywords: Transformational Leadership, Ethical Leadership, Servant Leadership, Generation Y, Malaysia


This research is part of Doctoral thesis. The research was funded by Putra Research Grant (Vote Number:  GP‐IPS/2017/9583300), Research Management Center, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia.


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