International Journal of Exercise Science 10(6): 845-856, 2017. Historically, men have been characterized as task-oriented leaders who are motivated by desires for autonomy, wealth, and power (17, 33). However, these “masculine” views of leadership might not accurately capture the leadership motivations of Millennial males as the views were developed in previous generations (4). Given the commitment of many Millennials towards socially responsible attitudes and behaviors (18, 25), we utilized a qualitative research design to examine the influence of social change on the leadership motivations of Millennial male intercollegiate athletes. In doing so, we found participants were motivated to lead in order to affect social change within their communities and within society. Our findings indicate a new perspective, one which includes a commitment to social change, is potentially needed when discussing “masculine” views of leadership.
Fuller, Rhema D.; Harrison, C. Keith; Lawrence, S. Malia; Eyanson, Jeff; and McCardle, Danielle
"“I will change the world”: The Intersection of Social Change and Male College Athletes’ Leadership Perspectives,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 10
6, Pages 845 - 856.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol10/iss6/4