Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2016)
The impact of leadership model on employee commitment within small-medium enterprises in Ndola, Zambia
Author(s): Ezra Malemuna, William Phiri
Abstract: The basic aim of this research is to examine the association between models of leadership (supportive, autocratic, collegial, and custodial leadership) and employee commitment. The research was based on primary data, and this research was conducted on the employees working in different organizations within territory of Copperbelt region, Ndola, Zambia. Data were collected through questionnaire consisting of several questions; the sample consisted of 100 employees of different organizations. The Correlation analysis test was applied through STATA to find out the results of research. Results indicate on the nature of organization how a leadership model significantly affects employee commitment. So the findings of research prove that leadership is an important element which highly influences the organisational performance and in turn affects employee commitment. This was done to investigate the different relationships between and the impact of the variables on each other. Based on the results of this research, it has been recommended which leadership model should be practiced in SMEs to gain satisfied employees. Leaders need to state their views clearly; they need to consider employee capabilities and needs. This could ultimately lead to a better performance and a competitive advantage for the organization.