Leadership styles and employee performance in selected sub-counties, Bushenyi district, Uganda

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Kampala International University, College of Economics and Management
The study assessed the effect of leadership styles on local government employee performance in selected sub-counties in Bushenyi district and was based on four specific objectives: to determine the demographic profile of the respondents in terms of gender, age, marital status, educational level, kind of employment and working experience; to determine the level of leadership styles, to determine the level of local government employee performance, to establish whether there is a significant relationship between leadership styles and local government employee performance in selected sub counties Bushenyi district. It employed a descriptive correlation survey design, Used SAQ to collect data from 157 out of 259 employees, using simple random sampling. Data analysis was done using SPSS’s frequencies and percentages; means 3nd PLCC. The findings showed that majority of the respondents were male, and were married in the age bracket of 20 — 39 years, certificate holders dominated the study, and the youth dominated the category of respondents and experience in the organization as between below 3 years. Both the level of leadership styles and employee Performance was high. PLCC revealed positive and significant relationship between leadership styles and employee performance. The researcher recommended that if local government employee performance is to improve; Leaders should ensure that there is Proper Corporation among all the workers whenever problems arise, the districts should put change agents to minimize social cost of living in the organization, to guarantee employees’ welfare, employee should be given fringe benefits to subsidize income, Sub counties should provide appropriate and suitable work methods and materials to improve workers’ effectively staff should be trained to acquire different skills and knowledge to exhibit high level of creativity in duties. Basing on path goal theory of leadership by Robert House (1971) that guided the study, it was proved that effective leaders influence employee performance by clarifying the path to their followers to attain the goals.
A thesis presented to the college of higher degrees and research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda in partial fulfillment of the requirement of the degree Master of Human Resource Management
Leadership styles, Employee performance, Selected sub-counties, Bushenyi district, Uganda