STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP AND FIRM PERFORMANCE
A STUDY OF NIGERIAN CASHEW EXPORTING SMES
Keywords:Transformational leadership, Relationship-oriented Leadership, Firm performance
Here, the researchers examined how leadership enhances the performance of selected Cashew exporting firms in Kogi state, Nigeria. This study is significant since the outcomes will contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of Strategic leadership and SME’s firm performance in Kogi state. The objective of this study is to investigate strategic leadership in terms of different leadership styles and test their effects, particularly on SMEs performance relatively to cashew export companies in Nigeria. The sample is consisted of members who are working in managerial and non-managerial positions in different offices of the companies in Kogi state. A total of 112 completed responses were used for analyses. For hypothesis testing, the first hypothesis is partially supported as only relationship-oriented and transformational leadership styles are significantly correlated to firm performance. The second hypothesis compared to other leadership styles transformational leadership has a greater effect on firm performance. Considering the means of leadership styles, it is clear that the most common leadership style is relationship-oriented. This study can be repeated by increasing the number of participants.