A Rhetoric on the Quest for Effective Leadership in Organisations

By Laguo Livingstone Gilbert, Samuel Ebie, Lyn Daunton and Brychan Celfyn Thomas.

Published by The Organization Collection

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This conceptual paper is an evaluation of the leadership agenda in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its subsidiary companies, and presents a platform for developing a capacity for change through effective leadership. This is based on the notion that in today’s business environment, there is an increasing demand for effective leaders who understand the complex nature of businesses/organisations and their continuous changing environment as suggested by Tseng (2010). The changing business environment requires leaders who are intellectual, sensitive, and have the ability to empathise with others. D’Amato et al. (2010) suggest that effective leaders are those who can motivate their followers to strive for excellence as depicted in the 21st century management goals. The paper critically examines the leadership styles and management practices in the NNPC and the study makes several important contributions to the field of leadership and management, especially in the NNPC and its subsidiary companies. The paper begins with an introductory background on leadership styles at the NNPC. It integrates relative concepts of organisational learning and leadership from an empirical perspective. This study gives a thematic analysis of basic leadership theories which empirically proves that adopting Transformational and Transactional leadership theories in the organisation may establish a strong relationship between leaders/managers and followers. Through this research, organisations within the public sector in Nigeria can improve their learning, accelerating business growth and innovation.

Keywords: Transformational Leadership, Transactional Leadership, Organisational Learning, Culture, Public Sector, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp.205-220. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 824.777KB).

Laguo Livingstone Gilbert

PhD Researcher, Glamorgan Business School, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, UK

Gilbert is an active researcher in organisational behaviour and leadership. He is currently a PhD researcher at the Glamorgan Business School, at the University of Glamorgan, pontypridd, South Wales, UK. His PhD research topic is ‘Managing Organisational Culture: A Study of Transition and Change in Nigeria’.

Dr. Samuel Ebie

PhD Researcher/Lecturer/Research Assistant, Glamorgan Business School, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, UK

Samuel Ebie is a PhD researcher, research assistant and HPL lecturer at the Glamorgan Business School, University of Glamorgan. Previously an SME entrepreneur, he has been involved with SMEs in Wales since 2004 and actively networking with the Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and other equality organisations in Wales. He was the business development manager for Ethnic Business Support Programme (EBSP)’s, Leadership, Equality & Diversity Training Centre from 2006–2009. His on-going PhD research is supported by Public Service Management Wales (PSMW) and EHRC. His research focuses on equality and diversity management in SMEs.

Lyn Daunton

Head of Division, Organisational Leadership, Learning and Management, Business School, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, UK

I am the Head of a Division that delivers a number of schemes and modules to students of the Business School. I conduct research and teach in the areas of gender issues in organisations and strategic leadership. I am looking at developing a programme exploring diverity in organisations as part of a cross-faculty initiative. I have recently enrolled to do a PhD where I will be exploring leadership development as it relates to mangers in higher education in the UK.

Dr. Brychan Celfyn Thomas

Deputy Leader and Research Fellow, Welsh Enterprise Institute , Glamorgan Business School, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, UK

I am currently Deputy Leader of the Welsh Enterprise Institute and a Research Fellow at the Glamorgan Business School involved in research and consultancy projects both within and outside the University through externally funded projects and networks.

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