Project Managers’ Leadership Quality and Project Success in Construction Industry: The Case of Category A Construction Firms in Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between leadership competences of project managers and project success of construction projects undertaken by big construction companies in Ethiopia. The study adopted cross-sectional survey descriptive research with quantitative approach to test the research hypotheses. Using systematic random sampling, a sample of Fourteen (14) category A construction companies that have been implementing construction projects in recent years was selected. Forty two (42) project managers/leaders were obtained as a sample for the study. The result shows that project managers’ emotional (EQ) and managerial (MQ) competences of leadership have statistically significant positive relationship with project success. However, no statistically significant relationship was found between project managers’ intellectual (IQ) competence and project success. The overall finding of this study suggests that project manager leadership competences play important roles in achieving project success. The study recommends that companies should consider leadership competences when recruiting and assigning project managers for projects.


A Thesis Submitted to Addis Ababa University, College of Business and Economics, Department of Management in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Business Administration


Competence School of Leadership theory, Leadership, Leadership Competences, Project Success