Effects of Leadership Styles on Employee’s Commitment at St. Mary’s University


  • Mesfin Lemma International Leadership Institute, Ethiopia
  • Kiflom G/Michael Unity University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia




Employee commitment, lassie-faire leadership, transactional leadership, transformational Leadership, Ethiopia


This study aimed at examining the effect of leadership styles on employee’s commitment in the context of St. Mary’s University. Explanatory research design and quantitative research approach were adopted. Using stratified and simple random sampling techniques, 222 participants were chosen to participate in the study. Data were collected using the Multifaceted Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) and Employee Commitment Poll Questionnaire (OCQ). Data were subjected to multiple linear regression analysis. The results indicated that transformational and laissez-faire leadership styles have positive and significant relationships with the dimensions of employees' commitment (affective, normative and continuance. However, there is no significant relationship between transactional leadership and dimensions of employee commitment (affective, normative and continuance). Based on the findings of the study, the researchers recommends to St. Mary’s University to emphasize more on transformational and laissez-faire leadership behaviors which can help improve the commitments of their employees