The influence of managerial leadership styles on employees’ job performance.“A case study of Hanmax Veneer and Plywoodcompany Kaase, Kumasi”

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The purpose of the study was to investigate the influence of managerial leadership styles on employees’ job performance. The problem of the study therefore emanated from the fact that Hanmax Veneer and Plywood Company ensure the delivery of quality products to its market, yet its employees’ job performance has remained poor, despite the various interventions by the policy makers and implementers. Thus the thesis aimed at investigating the reasons for the poor performance by investigating the influence of managerial leadership style on employees’ job performance. The Hanmax Vineer & Plywood Company was used as a case study. A sample of 170respondents was purposively chosen for the study. The samplecomprised 30 management members, 30 supervisors and 110 employees or junior workers. In the process, both qualitative and quantitative data was sought for using a researcher made questionnaire and an interview guide. Whilst the quantitative data were analyzed with frequency counts and simple percentages, the qualitative data were analyzed under themes and patters and presented with direct quotations from the interviewees. The findings of the study revealed among others that: performance of the workers depended on the type of leadership style at Hanmax Vineer and Plywood Company and the preferred leadership style as required by the workers was democratic style of leadership.It was also revealed that the problem of poor performance was due to lack of respect and recognition not salary. In this regard, it was recommended among others that: Hanmax Vineer and Plywood Company leaders should practice democratic leadership style and also, organizational leaders should seek ways of improving the working environment of employees, who were found to have low levels of work commitments.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Managerial Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION. 2012