Graduate School of Business
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Project Management, Participative Leadership, Empowering Leadership, Coaching, Project Success
Business | Leadership Studies
Taylor, Hunter S., "Participative Leadership and Project Success" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1967.
In this non-experimental correlational study, the researcher examines the relationship between participative leadership and project success. The researcher addresses concerns expressed in the literature that project success rates are below a desirable level. The study employed a survey methodology with participants from two professional organizations in North Carolina and South Carolina. The findings demonstrate that participative leadership behaviors and project success rates are significantly correlated, and each factor of participative leadership is significantly correlated with project success. Of the five factors that describe participative leadership: coaching, leading by example, participative decision-making, informing, and concern for the team (Arnold, Arad, Rhoades, & Drasgow, 2000), coaching was found to have the strongest correlation. Employee involvement in decisions has been shown to improve the effectiveness of strategic decisions and overall organizational performance, suggesting the use of participative management strategies may lead to improvements in project success (Carmeli, Sheaffer, & Yitzack Halevi, 2009).