This study will require interviewing participants that hold leadership positions within one of three volunteer organizations. The interviews will attempt to gather information on the participant’s leadership skills and abilities and to determine if any of these were gained while serving in a leadership capacity within the volunteer organization through hands-on experience or training, or if these skill-sets and abilities were gained by other means (e.g. paid work, formal education, etc) and merely put to use within the volunteer organization.
This qualitative research study will explore hospital nurses' perceptions of work satisfaction. The 12 selected participants will be representative of the three generational cohorts currently in the workforce. Each cohort will be represented by four non-managerial nurses who work in a large community hospital in South Florida.
With a re-invigorated focus on women in leadership roles, spurred in part by popular publications like the book Lean In (Sandberg, 2013), a more granular focus is needed to truly understand the representation gaps of women in leadership roles; this includes understanding the attitudes of women about work and leadership, and the conditions that encourage (or inhibit) movement into leadership roles.
Life in college and university is just a step to be overcome towards a successful career. The potential employers in the marketplace look for professionals that are capable to show and use appropriately not only technical skills for a specific area, but also interpersonal and managerial skills. Students need to be approached in such a way to foster their interest in the development of such characteristics, since they will help them to pursue a successful career and life.