The Relationship between Leadership Styles and Employees’ Job Satisfaction at Gambella Teachers’ Education and Health Science College


  • Befekadu Zeleke Department of Educational Planning and Management, College of Education and Behavioral Studies, Addis Ababa University
  • Peter Obang Gambella Teachers Education and Health Science College


leadership styles, transformational leadership, transactional leadership, laissez-faire leadership, job satisfaction.


This study explored the relationship between leadership style and job satisfaction of the academic staff at Gambella Teachers’ Education and Health Science College. The study employed a correlational research design and included all the 79 academic staff members and 17 leaders. Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire and Job Satisfaction Survey were used to collect data. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as mean and standard deviations and inferential statistics such as one-way ANOVA, Pearson correlation coefficient, and regression analysis. The results unveiled a positive and significant relationship between the transformational leadership style with all the nine facets of job satisfaction while the transactional leadership style had a positive but non-significant relationship. The regression analysis further revea[1]led that transformational and laissez-faire leaderships were better predictors of job satisfaction than transactional leadership. It was concluded that leaders who frequently employ transformational leadership motivate the academic staff better than the other two leadership styles. Policy implications are also forwarded in the study.