LEADERSHIP STYLE AND PERFORMANCE OF SMALL AND MEDIUM SCALE ENTERPRISES (SMEs) IN KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA

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LEADERSHIP STYLE AND PERFORMANCE OF SMALL AND MEDIUM SCALE ENTERPRISES (SMEs) IN KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA


1Malachy, O.D.Y , 2Ahmad Bawa Abdul-Qadir & 3Gambo Madaki AYUBA

1Department of Business Administration Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria-Nigeria 2&3Department of Business Adminisration

Kaduna State University, Kaduna-Nigeria

Corresponding Author e-mail: gambomadakiayuba@gmail.com

 

Abstract

Leadership helps to direct, guide and persuade employees towards achieving their personal and organizational goals. As a result of lack of appropriate leadership skills many SMEs fail to involve their employees in decision making thus hindering the achievement of these organizations. This study examined the impact of leadership style on small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) performance in Kaduna State. The study used a cross- sectional survey research setting to obtain data from owners-managers of SMEs. The population of the study consists of 2882 SMEs  in  Kaduna State  out of which 385 SMEs was drawn as the sample size. The sampling technique for this study is the simple random sampling technique. PLS Path analysis was used to analvze the data and the results showed that leadership style have significant and positive effect on SMEs performance. The study concludes that authoritarian, democratic and laissez-fair leadership styles impact positively on SMEs performance but at varying levels. The study recommends that SMEs should adopt laissez-fair style of leadership as it had the most significant effect among the styles examined. Also recommends human management practices in order to adequately commit the workforce to the work activities.

Keywords: Leadership, Performance, Management, Workforce, Organization

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