Sky Journal of Business Administration and Management Vol. 4(3), pp. 010-017, June, 2016. Available online,
ISSN 2315-8778 ©2016 Sky Journals


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The impact of leadership styles on effective project execution


Larry E. Jowah


Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa. E-mail:    


Accepted 6 May, 2016





The paper is based on the assumption that leadership and followership styles are cousins closely linked to the culture of the people participating in the project. If a project was to be run in a mono-cultural set up where the people concerned would subscribe to the same beliefs, values and practices, the followership would expect certain characteristics of leadership within the acceptable norms. This expectation of certain leadership behaviours brings implicit expectations on the basis of which a leader is judged. The effectiveness of the leader is considered therefore, as the congruence reached when the leaders live up to the expectations of the followers in a given context. The findings indicate clearly that a homo-cultural structure pre-determines the leadership values to be followed by a leader. Culture therefore remains a critical element to determine what is perceived as effective by the subordinates. Culture informs the behavior and prescribes the norms, thus, as long as culture exists, there will always be a need for leadership styles as the tool used to influence behavior.

Key words: Leadership, leadership style, leadership competencies, types of leadership, impact of leadership on followers and successful project execution.


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