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Abstract

The impact of managerial behavior upon staff may have considerable implications for employees' performance, satisfaction and patient care. The purpose of this study was to determine the leadership styles of a group of respiratory therapy managers, the effect of their behavior (task and consideration) upon employee satisfaction with supervision and to determine which styles were associated with lower (and higher) levels of staff satisfaction. The results indicated the predominant leadership styles were high task/high consideration and low task/low consideration. Both task and consideration behavior contributed significantly to staff therapists’ satisfaction with supervision, with consideration having the greatest effect upon satisfaction. The leadership style of low task/low consideration was associated with significantly lower levels of satisfaction with supervision while there was no difference in satisfaction with the other styles.

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