Leadership Styles among Managers and Subordinates: A Closer Look to Managers’ Choice of Leadership in Addis Ababa Selected Businesses

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Addis Ababa University


The effective leaders are enablers that directly points to competent and committed employees. Studies in the organizational psychology and organizational behavior literatures have shown that leadership styles are of major factors to the organizational success or failure. The objective of this study was to explore the leadership [management] style [autocratic, laissez-faire and democratic leadership style and controlling, mixed and empowering management styles paradigm] that is in operation our local business in Addis. A questionnaire survey was administered to conveniently selected 200 samples of respondents [110 managers and 90 subordinates] with a non response rate of 84.5% and 88.8% for managers and subordinates respectively. The sample respondents were from 10 purposively [maximum variation] selected companies through a criteria set forth in the study. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics, and standard scoring system as adopted from similar surveys. The findings of the study revealed that a mixed [transition] management style and democratic leadership style has prevailed as a strategy for the mangers. However, the subordinates’ survey somehow shows that a sort of misleading environment exists as their survey shows low result for culture and leadership dimension. Key Words: Leadership styles, Global Mindset [21st century management]



Leadership styles, Global Mindset [21st century management]