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Leadership Styles Correlate of Learning Organization in a Non-Western Culture

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Attention to the idea of learning organizations has been gaining intensity and leaders are needed to aid withthe process. Although there are a number of styles in the way leaders lead, nevertheless, the purpose of this studywas to assess the impact of subordinates’ perception of their managers’ leadership style (Transactional,Transformational, or Laissez-faire styles) on the learning organizational dimensions in a non-western environment.200 participants from ten medium-sized companies operating in the retail sector in Lebanon participated in thestudy. The results suggest that transformational leaders have a more profound influence in cultivating a learningorganizational environment than transactional leaders do. However, Laissez-faire leaders may slow the processdown.
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... In the conventional perception of the world, leaders run organizations; they have a great influence on the behavior of others through various ways. Previous studies have shown strong correlations between leadership styles, individual motivation, satisfaction, effectiveness, performance and values within the workplace [35]. Motivation theories consider that we are motivated by the people around us. ...
... The genius of leadership lies in the manner in which the leaders see and act on their own and their followers' values and aspirations". In his paper, Leadership, Burns suggested two types of leadership: transactional and transformational [35]. Likewise Bass (1997) divided leadership style into transformational leadership and transactional leadership [42]. ...
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