Millennials in Leadership: An Examination of the Practice-Immediacy Model

  • Kevin BottomleyEmail author
  • Sylvia Willie Burgess
Part of the Management for Professionals book series (MANAGPROF)


Millennials are often tagged as challengers to traditional leadership. The concern for traditional success measures such as money, legacy, or hierarchy tends to be less important or not important at all to Millennials. Like Jacob, they tend to aspire to be collaborative, empowering, and more transformational in their leadership styles. The largest complaint from Millennials is the lack of appropriate training and coaching to get them to the open environment where their leadership style can emerge. The authors of this chapter propose that there is a valuable connection between the Practice-Immediacy Model, Design Thinking concepts, and Engaged Leadership. These three constructs focus on soft skills which Millennials believe will put them on the fast track to leadership success. The Practice-Immediacy Model introduces 4 behavioral modes associated with 12 soft skills. This model is a useful tool for assessing these skills and supporting the needed coaching and leadership development that Millennials may require for their personal success.


Millennials Practice-Immediacy Model Design Thinking Engaged Leadership Soft skills Leadership development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Phoenix, School of Advanced StudiesTempeUSA
  2. 2.One Step at a Time Consulting, LLCRichmondUSA

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