Leaders, research shows, inevitably face conflict in their organizations and spend a large portion of their days resolving conflict. Different leaders resolve conflict in different manners. Following previous research that examined personality type and conflict management styles, this dissertation study explored the relationship between leadership styles Transactional, Transformational, and Laissez-faire and conflict management styles Competing, Collaborating, Compromising, Avoiding, and Accommodating. This study found many positive correlations between leadership styles and conflict management styles. For example, Transactional Leadership and the Competing conflict management style were positively correlated, as were Transformational Leadership and the Collaborating conflict management style. Additional insight regarding leadership styles and conflict management styles may help leaders of organizations more efficiently and more effectively resolve conflict. Whereas this study is important, future researchers should explore the implications of the current study to corroborate any implied relationships that may exist between leadership styles and conflict management styles.
The present study was aimed to investigate how the five dimensions of personality traits and self-esteem are related to the full range model of leadership styles, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Data were collected from 150 voluntary participants, using the Big Five Personality Test, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and Northouse Leadership Style Questionnaire. Data were analyzed using SPSS and findings revealed association between personality traits, leadership styles and self-esteem. The personality trait Agreeableness showed strongest while Extraversion least relationship to leadership style. Transformational leadership style was related to the Agreeableness and Conscientiousness, Extraversion to Transactional leadership style and Neuroticism was related to both Transactional and Transformational leadership styles, while Openness associated to Laissez-Faire leadership style. Extraversion was strongest and Neuroticism was least related to self-esteem. Self-esteem was significantly different between Transformational and Laissez-Faire leadership styles. Transformational leadership style was predicted by Openness and Laissez-Faire leadership style by Extraversion, with no effect from self-esteem.