International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences

Int. j. adv. appl. sci.

EISSN: 2313-3724

Print ISSN: 2313-626X

Volume 4, Issue 3  (March 2017), Pages:  107-116

Title: The influence of leadership styles on employee engagement: The moderating effect of communication styles

Author(s):  Abdul Kadir Othman *, Muhammad Iskandar Hamzah, Mohd Khalid Abas, Nurzarinah Mohd Zakuan


Faculty of Business and Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 42300 Bandar Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

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Employees are the important asset of an organization as they are the ones that determine the success or failure of the organization. Organizations that realize the importance of their employees have come out with various strategies and policies to ensure that their well-being is taken care of and they become engaged in their work. Apart from this consideration, leadership style is also expected to play a significant role in affecting employees’ attitudes. This study is intended to investigate the influence of leadership style on employees’ engagement by considering the moderating effect of leadership communication styles. A total of 112 data were collected from employees’ via email. The results of a multiple regression analysis revealed that employee orientation leadership style is a significant predictor of employee engagement. Joining communication style significantly moderates the relationship between production orientation and employee engagement. Leaders who emphasize on production must use joining communication style so that the employee engagement level can be optimized. 

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Keywords: Employee orientation, Change orientation, Production orientation, employee, engagement, Communication style

Article History: Received 4 November 2016, Received in revised form 9 January 2017, Accepted 17 January 2017

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Othman AK, Hamzah MI, Abas MK, and Zakuan NM (2017). The influence of leadership styles on employee engagement: The moderating effect of communication styles. International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences, 4(3): 107-116


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