Essays on The Impact of Leadership Styles on Employee Engagement in the UAEs Ministry of Interior Research Proposal

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The paper "The Impact of Leadership Styles on Employee Engagement in the UAE’ s Ministry of Interior" is an outstanding example of a management research proposal.   The proposed research aims at conducting an empirical study to determine the impact of different leadership styles on employee engagement in the UAE’ s Ministry of Interior. The main research question is: What is the impact of leadership styles on employee engagement in the UAE’ s Ministry of Interior? The area of leadership styles and employee engagement has gained increased focus among researchers and scholars. Nonetheless, previous and current studies have focused on the western world.

Based on the perspective of international business environments, it is important to understand the effects or influence of leadership styles on employee engagement in the UAE as part of the rising nations in the Middle East. The Middle East has risen over the past few decades in terms of population and GDP. The proposed research will focus solely on the UAE. This is because the UAE continues to champion its neighbors in the Middle East in technological developments and business growth. Moreover, the UAE is characterized by an increased number of multi-cultural expatriate professionals and workers.

Therefore, the leadership environment in the UAE is challenging. Nonetheless, previous research has not focused on the public sector where professionals and workers are mostly from the UAE. The proposed research will contribute to the previous and existing literature on leadership and employee engagement in the public sector. Moreover, it will also contribute to previous research on leadership styles and employee engagement in the Middle East. The main objectives of the proposed research include: Identify different leadership styles and employee engagement theories and concepts across different cultures through literature review.

This objective is aimed at understanding the relationship between leadership styles and employee engagement across different cultures in previous and current research. Identify the type of leadership styles used in the UAE. This aims at determining whether the UAE or Middle Eastern leadership culture is different or similar to the dominant Western leadership cultures. To investigate the impact of leadership styles on employee engagement in the UAE’ s Ministry of Interior or the public sector. This is aimed at furthering research on leadership and employee engagement in the public sector specifically that of the UAE. Identify suitable leadership styles or leadership traits for increased employee engagement.

This will allow the current study to build on previous and current studies to develop future implications and recommendations in research and practice. Literature Review There exists an extensive body of research on leadership styles and their impact on employee engagement. Aon Hewitt, (2015, p. 38) states that “ leaders hold the key to employee engagement” . Leaders associate to their followers while the employee associates to their work or duties. Therefore, leadership styles or traits can impact employee outcomes in terms of satisfaction, performance, and engagement.

The importance of employee engagement is that most successful and profitable companies have engaged employees. An engaged employee can be described as one who is loyal to the company, dedicated, ethical, and motivated among others. Research by AON Hewitt, (2015, p. 13) concluded that the number of engaged employees has risen to about 50% globally in the last few years. Another research by Moody, (2012, p. 25) illustrates that only about 30% of the global workforce is engaged with about 60% of employees being ambivalent and disengaged with their work.

The UAE is a leading country in the Middle East based on its recent rapid growth in its economy. On a regional focus, the Middle East has improved in terms of employee engagement where about 65% of employees are engaged (AON Hewitt, 2015, p. 13). These engagement gaps have increased the overall implications of organizational performance, reputations, and financial performance among others.

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