The Relationship Between Situational Leadership Styles and Job Satisfaction in Overseas Taiwanese Companies in Mainland China

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




Absael Antelo


Dr. Henderson


The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between situational leadership styles and job satisfaction in overseas Taiwanese companies operating in Mainland China. Central to the study was the examination of the corporate environment embraced by Taiwanese managers and Chinese employees. Findings indicated that the most effective situational leadership styles were: selling and participating. A quantitative inquiry approach was used including two surveys delivered to 235 employees. The Leadership Behavior Description Questionnaire XII and the Job Descriptive Index were administered to identify factors related to situational leadership styles and employee satisfaction in Mainland China. Results match others such as Song’s (2001) who sustains that most followers need a significant amount of consideration which is best found in the behaviors described by the selling leadership style, since this style involves leadership behaviors characterized by high relationship and high task.

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