Presentation Title

Multicultural Transformational Leadership

Faculty Mentor

Joshua Fuller

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

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Session

poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

In an ever increasing globally connected workplace, leadership remains a central component in predicting economic success. Transformational leadership has been shown throughout the last half century to be worthy of study and use. Traditionally, leaders in organizations were tasked with shaping the business culture of their organizations, but the preferences and priorities of people differ based on their national cultural background. We were interested in investigating the effect of multicultural participants and their leadership style preferences. As a microcosm of multicultural interactions, studying Transformational Leadership in California can serve a useful function. While studying ethnically diverse backgrounds, this study observed differences at the cultural level between the extent of Transformational Leadership in participants and the Transformational Leadership level of their preferred supervisor. Using participant’s biological parents' country of origin, we found cultural differences between Transformational Leadership levels in oneself and levels in their preferred supervisor. Additionally, we found differences in the level of Transformational Leadership reported in a preferred supervisor. Taken together, these results demonstrate cultural differences in leadership style preference. Organizations can benefit from taking into consideration how culture influences preferences for leadership style.

Keywords: leadership styles, transformational leadership, multicultural, multicultural background

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Multicultural Transformational Leadership

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In an ever increasing globally connected workplace, leadership remains a central component in predicting economic success. Transformational leadership has been shown throughout the last half century to be worthy of study and use. Traditionally, leaders in organizations were tasked with shaping the business culture of their organizations, but the preferences and priorities of people differ based on their national cultural background. We were interested in investigating the effect of multicultural participants and their leadership style preferences. As a microcosm of multicultural interactions, studying Transformational Leadership in California can serve a useful function. While studying ethnically diverse backgrounds, this study observed differences at the cultural level between the extent of Transformational Leadership in participants and the Transformational Leadership level of their preferred supervisor. Using participant’s biological parents' country of origin, we found cultural differences between Transformational Leadership levels in oneself and levels in their preferred supervisor. Additionally, we found differences in the level of Transformational Leadership reported in a preferred supervisor. Taken together, these results demonstrate cultural differences in leadership style preference. Organizations can benefit from taking into consideration how culture influences preferences for leadership style.

Keywords: leadership styles, transformational leadership, multicultural, multicultural background