Leadership Styles, Organizational Politics and Employees` Commitment in Selected Public and Private Organizations in Lagos State, Nigeria


  • Ik Muo Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria
  • Adebiyi J. Abosede Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria
  • Jonathan Ehimen Ekpudu Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • Bilqis Bolanle Amole University of Lagos, Nigeria




The study examined leadership styles, organizational politics and employee’s commitment using selected private and public organizations in Lagos state as case studies. To achieve its objectives, it probed the direct relationship that exists between organizational politics and the leadership styles used in both private and public organization and as well as the extent to which employees’ commitment depends on leadership styles and organizational politics in both private and public organization. A descriptive survey was employed using a sample size of 112 respondents. The main research instrument used was questionnaire. Data collected were analyzed using frequency and percentages; while a one-way ANOVA and regression statistical analyses were used to test the study’s hypotheses. Results from the hypotheses tested revealed a major arithmetical relationship between leadership styles and employees’ commitment; also between organizational politics and employees’ commitment in both public and private organizations in Lagos state, in addition that organizational politics and leadership styles used in both public and private organization have significant difference in their respective abilities to entrust employees’ commitment. The study concluded that there is a positive relationship between leadership styles and the level of employees’ commitment in both private and public organization and that a positive relationship also exists between organizational politics and the level of employees’ commitment in both public and private organization in Lagos State. The study therefore recommended that the management should embrace situational leadership approach to attract employees’ commitment and that they should employ workers who have potential to adjust and adapt to their organizational and political culture.


Key words: Organizational politics; Employee commitment; Leadership styles; Affective commitment.

Author Biography

Ik Muo, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria

Full Professor, Department of Economics, Society and Politics (DESP)


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