The concept of leadership is of significant importance in
all aspects of life. From taking charge of our personal leadership & development, something related to professional career and well-being, to direct interaction with workplace/business leadership which may, or may not, align with our personal values and ideas, we establish inter-relational frameworks within ourselves but which permeate thru to societal and generational cultures. To this relational dynamic we also must consider the actual political leadership of a society itself based on additional factors and variables. Thus, among internal self-frameworks & factors, organizational factors, and societal political factors, a dichotomous relationship is established, a relationship which can either be supportive, detractive, or somewhere in between with regards to democratic vs. authoritarian characteristics of leadership. Our research focuses on millennials in the Balkans and their ideas, specifically to what degree do personal, work-related, and national/political perspectives align with, reinforce, or weaken each other. The on-going multi-phase study began in 2018 with a survey of 238 young people and an attempt to generate specific hypotheses concerning levels of leadership. Based on analysis of the results, inter-relational factors were established so that basic archetype models could be constructed which offer insight. A central thematic conclusion is the identification of a discontinuity on how millennials in the region view national/political leadership with that of work-related leadership for organizations which they may find themselves in during their professional working careers.
Arthur Pantelides has over 23 years of experience in industry in the areas of international manufacturing operations and strategic management consulting. He has held senior level positions in Strategic Planning & Control, Operations, International Project Management, and Engineering and R&D. He has worked on assignments in the US, Japan, Vietnam, Italy, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico. He has taught graduate/Masters classes at The George Washington University in Washington DC and currently teaches strategic management, negotiations, leadership, and entrepreneurship at AUBG. He has established several corporate training programs in the US, Mexico, and Brazil and has published multiple academic papers and industry articles internationally.