This study looked at the impact of leadership style on sme innovation in Lagos. The primary goal was to investigate the impact of leadership style on innovation in SMEs in Lagos. The study used a descriptive survey design using percentages and chi-square (X2) on the hypothesis and questions posed. According to the study, good leadership improves employee morale, and there is a management style known as participatory leadership, in which both employees and employers make decisions that have a positive impact on the growth of the organisation and good welfare facilities for the employees. As a result, the report proposes that organisations provide opportunities for employee training and development, and that leaders demonstrate equity and justice in interacting with employees.Finally, the study suggests that organisations employ a leadership style that promotes people’s competencies and abilities.
1.1Background to the Study
Leadership is one concept that has continued to evolve in successful relationship between groups and the society at large. The ability of an organization to achieve its objectives depends on the direct induced of an organization. Organization exists in order to render services in the society for the benefits of mankind, people need to be employed in the organization to be directed towards the realization of the organizational goals are leader. He needs to be articulated to co-ordinate the affairs of the people and organization.
In fact, the leaders ensure that the behaviours of the subordinate is directed towards the realization of the goal of the organization. This can only do by providing an enabling environment for the subordinate to achieved their needs. Good leadership can energize and motivate their subordinate to enhance their performance. There is no genuine saying that leadership is control to all activities in an organization. This study looks at the impact of leadership style in innovation of SMEs in lagos state.
1.2 Statement of the Problem
Many industries today, whether profit-oriented or social depend on how well they are being managed and controlled. Workers are difficult to manage and leading them effectively presents a tremendous challenge. Good leadership entails getting the best performance from their subordinates leadership should direct the behaviour of their subordinates towards the realization of the organizations objectives. This can be done by providing the subordinate with basic needs. Workers with optimize their performance in the organization. However, it is not worthy that must leaders do not often motivate their subordinate in organization lack; the charismatic leadership style to manage and direct the affairs of employees in the organization for an in-depth study.
1.4 Objectives of the Study
The concept of leadership is prevalent in most literature of management. This is so because it has attracted many export in management science. This research will also contributes tremendously to the growing literature in the field primarily, this study will achieve the following purposes:
1) To enhance people’s understanding of leadership as an important concept in organizational behaviour and management
2) To look at the various problems by leaders in organizational and suggest ways to resolve such problems
3) To look at the relationship between leadership style and workers performance.
4) To look at the relationship between leadership style and workers performance.
5) To examine the quality of leader needed in the organization.
1.4 Research Questions
The research has adopted the following research question for the study.
- Does the leadership style adopted by the leaders motivate the subordinates towards performance?
- Does workers perception of their leaders motivate them toward better performance?
- Does workers satisfaction with boss leadership style increase SMEs growth?
- Does your satisfaction with your leadership style promote staff development and training in the SMEs growth?
1.5 Statement Of The Hypotheses
- The leadership style adopted by the leaders motivates the subordinates towards performance.
- Workers perception of their leaders motivates them toward better performance.
- Workers satisfaction with boss leadership style increase organizational growth.
1.6 Scope Of The Study
Leadership is a common phenomenon in organization. The study is an explanatory research involving the activities of their member. This study which is explanatory is designed to investigate on the leadership style in organizational growth and development. In order to achieve the designed objective, the research critically examines the concept of leadership, sources of leadership power, leadership and leadership styles.
1.7 Significance Of The Study
The significance of the study can be subordinated into two broad categories namely: theoretical significance and practical significance.
1) Theoretical Significance: This study can be used to explain the relationship between leadership process and workers performance in the organization. The study can also help to generate other researcher interest generated by the study can lead to more researchers on relationship between leadership process and workers performance. The study can enrich literature on the leadership and enhance peoples understanding of the concept.
2) Practical Significance: This study will be useful to the organization. The management of a can use the finding and recommendation of the study to improve the qualities of it organization leadership for the purpose of the subordinate performance. Other organization not included in this study can also draws vital lessons from the findings and recommendation of the study in improving the leader subordinate relationship in the organization.
1.8 Limitations of the Study
In the course of this study the problem encountered by the researcher was the attitude of the respondents was skeptical of the researchers intention and refused to co-operate. Finally there was one problem of finance, the finance the researcher has a student was inadequate to meet the requirements of the project, in doing this research, the researcher adopted some technical terms for a clear understanding of the terms by its potentials users.
1.9 Operational Definition of Terms
The following terms are defined as they are used in this study:
Leader: One who directs the behaviour of other group members and gives instruction on how a task is to be done.
Leadership: A process whereby a person in directing and influencing people towards realization to the organizations goals.
Subordinate: A person who is working under someone else or inferior in the official hierarchy
Goal: This is the aim and objectives of an organization or individual
Power: This is the ability of a person’s to make other do what one want them to do
Perception: This is the way the people view things in the organization
The organization: This is the structured process in which people have interest for objectives
Satisfaction: This refers to a person contentment with his job what be get in the organization.
Management: This is the process of planning, directing, controlling and coordinating human and material resources in order to achieve the organizational goal. Stephen (2009).
Labour: Is the process of getting work done by a worker through reward, the wages paid to an employee by an employer is called reward. The work done by an employee is amount to the reward (wage) paid by the employee of the labour.
Unskilled Worker: This is an individual that does not possess their required skills or special training in an organization.
Skilled Worker: Is an individual that posses or demonstrate the accomplished skills of special training required in an organization.[email protected].
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