Impact of Age on Leadership

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Impact of Age on Leadership

Background: Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. This definition is similar to Northouse's (2007, p3) definition — Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Good leaders are made, not born. If you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Good leaders develop through a never ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience (Jago, 1982). Abstract: Based on above background this research explores the relationship between Ages and Leadership styles, by using a questionnaire survey to collect data from 100 School Principals, Vice Principals and Course Coordinators from different Independent Schools of Qatar. The research question is being identified as “What role does Age play in the perception of leadership style”. There have been some research publications focusing on influences of age on the leadership style (for example, Kabacofff and Stoffey, 2011; Mitchell, 2000; Vinnicombe and Kakabadse, 1999) where the authors found that the older managers were mature, saw challenges and had long-term perspectives in managing people, in contrast, younger managers were competitive, and result oriented and adopted an open style of management. Since some people have asked what relevant age has to do with leadership, this research is done on 100 academic leaders in Qatar to explore those theories. The findings of this research indicate that older manager is more autocratic in decision-making process, more consultative in employees’ opinion and more participative in employees’ performance whereas the younger leadership are more democratic leadership style (consultative and participative), competitive, result oriented as well as tries to adopts an open style of management.

Objective: The objective of this study is to...
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