IMPACT OF STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP STYLES ON PERFORMANCE OF SELECTED ORGANIZATIONS IN ENUGU STATE METROPOLIS
This study assessed the impact of strategic leadership style on organizational performance in selected organizations in Enugu State metropolis. The need for the study arose as a result of the continued search for a best leadership style that could be successful in most situations of management especially now in Nigeria when there is rampant incidence of impeachment in our public offices. Although many leadership styles are available yet the problem lingers. In the light of the above, this study specifically investigated the impact of strategic leadership style on these performance variables: Productivity, Profitability, Efficiency and Competitiveness, Innovation and Learning status, and Customer/Staff Relationship on the Organizational Performance. This work which main objective is to determine the impact of strategic leadership style on organizational performance in Nigeria has its specific objectives as: to determine the impact of authoritative leadership style on productivity; determine the impact of coercive leadership style on profitability; assess the impact of democratic leadership style on the efficiency and competitiveness of an organization; ascertain the impact of coaching leadership style on innovation and learning status of an organization and to assess the impact of affiliative leadership style on customer /staff relationship was done having obtained a sample size of 380 personnel from a total selected population of 7460 of the 3 selected organizations in Enugu State of Nigeria. Survey design was used and data were collected through the use of questionnaire and analysis of these data and interpretation of results using Simple Linear Regression Analysis yielded the following findings which aligns with the objectives of the study: Authoritative leadership style as well as coercive leadership style impact positively on the productivity and profitability of organizations of study respectively. In the same vein, Democratic, Coaching and Affiliative leadership styles impact positively on efficiency and competitiveness, innovation and learning status and customer/staff relationship in organizations of study and in our conclusion, we stressed the importance of managers’/leaders’ knowledge of flexing leadership styles, to be able to achieve their strategic goals in their various organizations. Based on our findings, this study recommends that modern managers/leaders should be very knowledgeable of strategic leadership styles and be able to put them to use in order to be able to achieve goals of organizations in varying situations especially when the goals attainment is measured against specific success variables. We also recommend that leaders should examine situations properly to be able to adopt suitable styles and achieve set strategic goals.