Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
Elizabeth Fisher Turesky, Ph.D.
Georgia Nigro, Ph.D.
Daniel Jenkins, Ph.D.
confidence, grit, labyrinth, mentoring, millennials, sponsorship, LOS
This mixed methods case study explored the impact of grit and sponsorship experiences of millennial females on their leadership aspirations and attainment of leadership positions. Six females in the same field of occupation in New England served as the participants. The case study focused on the experiences of two participants (one with the highest grit score and one with the lowest grit score). The participant with the highest grit score demonstrated both the attainment of a leadership position and aspirations for greater leadership positions in the future, as compared to the less gritty individual who had attained a leadership position but did not aspire to any future leadership positions beyond the current one. Both participants cited that their confidence increased when they had a sponsor and decreased when they did not have a supportive superior in the workplace. The combination of high grit and sponsorship led to the attainment of a leadership position and future leadership aspirations. The participant with low grit and a sponsorship experience attained a leadership position, but had no aspirations for future leadership positions beyond the present one. This study provides empirical data about grit and sponsorship for millennial females and identifies that sponsorship is a driver of success for leadership attainment and grit is a driver of success for increased leadership aspirations.
Simones Landry, Melissa Ann, "Exploring the Impact of Grit and Sponsorship on Female Leadership and Aspirations" (2018). All Theses & Dissertations. 318.