Date of Conferral

2016

Degree

Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)

School

Management

Advisor

Brodie Johnson

Abstract

Understanding strategies to prepare Millennials for leadership roles in commercial banks is critical to ensure organizational stability and success and to avoid knowledge gaps and leadership deficiencies created by large numbers of retiring Baby Boomers. Guided by learning network theory and generational theory, the purpose of this multiple case study was to explore the strategies that 3 bank managers in North Carolina and South Carolina used to prepare Millennials for leadership. These 3 bank managers had a minimum of 2 years of experience leading teams of employees which included Millennials. The study included semistructured interviews to elicit detailed narratives from the bank managers on their experiences in preparing Millennials for leadership roles. Additional data included a review of public and private documents containing developmental activities and leadership program details used with Millennials. All data were analyzed and coded to identify recurring themes. Methodological triangulation was used to identify 5 key strategies used by managers to help prepare Millennials for leadership including structured development processes, generational alignment and engagement, coaching and mentoring, leveraging technology, and communications. Bank managers could use these findings to implement successful strategies to help Millennials prepare for leadership roles. Doing so promotes positive social change by identifying these strategies for bank managers to prepare key talent for leadership roles within organizations.