Leadership style, organizational culture and performance: Empirical evidence from UK companies

Emmanuel Ogbonna, Lloyd C. Harris

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The topics of leadership and organizational culture have attracted considerable interest from both academics and practitioners. Much of the interest in the two areas is based on explicit and implicit claims that both leadership and culture are linked to organizational performance. However, while the links between leadership and performance and between culture and performance have been examined independently, few studies have investigated the association between the three concepts. This paper examines the nature of this relationship and presents empirical evidence which suggests that the relationship between leadership style and performance is mediated by the form of organizational culture that is present. The paper concludes with a number of implications for theory and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)766-788
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2000


  • Leadership style
  • Organizational culture
  • Performance
  • United Kingdom


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