Influence of directive and supportive leadership styles on employee job satisfaction in commercial banks in in Kenya

  • George K'Aol Professor, Chandaria Business School, United States International University - Africa
  • Caren Ouma Associate Professor, United States International University - Africa
Keywords: Leadership, Directive Leadership, Supportive Leadership, Employee Job Satisfaction


The purpose of the study was to examine the influence of directive and supportive leadership style on employee job satisfaction in commercial banks in Kenya. The study adopted the positivism research philosophy and descriptive correlational research design.  The target population of the study was 15,030 employees in all the 43 commercial banks licensed to operate in Kenya as of June 2018. Using a stratified sampling technique, the study drew a sample size of 386 employees reporting to middle-level managers. Data was collected by means of a questionnaire and analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20. The results of the study showed that a directive leadership style and supportive leadership styles positively and significantly predicted employee job satisfaction. The results of the regression analysis after moderation showed that environmental contingency factors significantly moderated the relationship between path-goal leadership style and employee job satisfaction.


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How to Cite
Mwaisaka, D., K’Aol, G., & Ouma, C. (2019). Influence of directive and supportive leadership styles on employee job satisfaction in commercial banks in in Kenya. International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147- 4478), 8(6), 168-174.