“According to Friggieri (11 November 2020), Malta is a cross-cultural hub, due to its colonial history and neighbouring countries in the Mediterranean. Accordingly, the concept of Maltese leadership is thus fused with manifold styles. In the interview, Friggieri argued that leadership styles differ between the older and younger generation. The former mostly comprise those that still adopt the paternalistic leadership style from when Malta was a British colony, in which leaders act as father figures who provide for and protect their employees. This style has evolved in recent years as a result of leaders having to act fast, listen to their employees and get the job done. In addition to this, there has also been a shift in terms of women’s participation in leadership positions. Friggieri (11 November 2020) believes that a Maltese leader does not simply become a leader by attaining a senior position in an organisation. Rather, it is earned by virtue of a person having a strong vision and a clear sense of direction” (Schroevers & Higgins, 2020).

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