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Relationship between Leader Behaviours and Subordinates’ Work Performance

Neria Magombo-Bwanali
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Neria Magombo-Bwanali: Amity University,Sector-125, Noida -201313 (U.P.)

International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147-4478), 2019, vol. 8, issue 1, 50-63

Abstract: The paper assesses the relationship between leader behaviours and subordinates’ work performance in the context of tax administration. Data were collected in Malawi using two validated questionnaires administered online for subordinates and team leaders at a field office of a tax administration. Frequency distributions were used to identify dominant primary leader behaviours and the Spearman’s rank-order correlation analysis was used to assess the relationship between leader behaviours and subordinates’ work performance. Participative path-goal leadership behaviour is the most common primary leadership behaviourthat team leaders in tax administration employ. Secondly,supportive and achievement oriented leader behaviours have a significant relationship with subordinates’ work performance in tax administration. The study concluded that achievement oriented path-goal leadership behaviour could be effective for public organisations involved in lawenforcement.It is recommended that leaders should conduct a self-assessment of their leadership,adopt the relations-oriented leadership behaviours and incorporate coaching during performance evaluation exercise,and that organisations should equip leaders with leadership and management skills through training.Thestudy is limited by the small sample-size,therefore,future studies could repeat the assessment with a larger sampleand determine the mathematical equations forpredictingthe effect of each leadership behaviour on subordinates’ work performance Key Words: Leadership Behaviour,Surbordinates,Work Performance,Path-Goal Theory,Tax Administration,Motivation,Job Satisafaction

Date: 2019
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