THE EFFECT OF LEADERSHIP ON STAFF PRODUCTIVITY IN THE DELTA STATE CIVIL SERVICE (1998- 2009)
Productivity in every organization is the primary concern of employers in both public and private organizations. The attitude of workers therefore becomes a major factor. The objective of the study is to assess the effect of leadership on staff productivity in Delta state civil service. The study which was arranged in five chapters relied much on primary and secondary data. The survey research method was adopted in eliciting information through questionnaire. The population of the study comprised both the junior and senior staff and other category of staff that are on political appointment in the seventeen ministries (17) and thirty two (32) extra ministerial departments of the twenty five local government councils (25) of Delta state totaling 39,256 (thirty nine thousand, two hundred and fifty six) The major findings showed that there was a reduction in staff productivity in the state civil service as a result of leadership ineffectiveness and autocracy which according to the study has resulted to inefficiency, low staff morale, truancy and migration of staff to other states of the federation. Based on the findings, the study recommended that because of the negative consequences of bad leadership on staff productivity, morale of staff, migration and labour turn over, Deltans must ensure that those to be appointed into leadership positions in the state meet some basic leadership requirements. checks and balances mechanism must be put in place to regulate the behaviour of our leaders at all times whether while in the office or after leaving the office and any one that violates any of the laws must be punished to serve as deterrent to others.