Leadership Role Models for Young Professionals - Case Study from Finnish University Students

  • Tero ReunanenEmail author
  • Eyal Eckhaus
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 961)


Leadership is a concept that is proven very hard to define unambiguously. Despite of this scientific gap, practical questions still are set towards leadership. Concept of leadership is widely used in other research and it is one of the most interesting research issues in organizations. Good leadership is like good quality; we can recognize it when we experience it, but it is quite hard to define where this feeling of good or bad quality came from. Data was gathered in 2015–2017 from students in Turku University of Applied Sciences. Students analyzed their former leaders with open answers. We employed a mix method design with both quantitative and qualitative analysis. For quantitative analysis, we employed automated content analysis based on Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques. Results show that autocratic leadership is connected to negative picture of leader with in millennials Future research aspects and recommendations are issued in this paper.


Leadership Organizational behavior Role Management style Natural language processing 



This research is partly funded by European Social Fund co-funded project called “Pisku – Pienikin iskussa”. Funder has not affected the research results by any other means than making it possible. Correspondent author, who partly had worked in project, wishes to express sincere thanks to ESF and all collaborators in that project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Turku University of Applied SciencesTurkuFinland
  2. 2.University of VaasaVaasaFinland
  3. 3.Ariel UniversityArielIsrael

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