Leadership Style, Policing and Perception of Corruption: A Comparative Preliminary Study within the Nigeria Police Force

Psychosociological Issues in Human Resource Management Volume 2(2), 2014, pp. 79–93, ISSN 2332-399X

15 Pages Posted: 7 May 2017

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Felix Orole

University of Queensland, Business School, Students

Kamisan Bin Gadar

University of Kuala Lumpur

Murray Hunter

University of Malaysia, Perlis

Date Written: November 21, 2014

Abstract

The connection between leadership style, on the one hand, policing and perception of corruption, on the other hand, has received little attention in the literature on leadership theory and organizational processes. Hence, the aim of this study is to examine the relationship between transformational leadership and perception of corruption within the police institution, especially in this instance, the Nigeria Police Force. Based on a sampling process of cross-sectional approach, the data were collected by administering questionnaires on 156 respondents in Alausa police district in Lagos State. The descriptive result shows that while transformational leadership is practiced in the Nigeria Police Force, the perceived level of corruption remains high. Though in varying degree, the results indicate a positive correlation between the attributes of transformational leadership (charisma, individualized consideration, and intellectual stimulation) and the dimensions of corruption. While charisma consistently has a positive influence on the facets of corruption, individualized consideration and charisma influence the dimension of transparency within the police force. In addition, individualized consideration influences the facet of crime. Thus, transformational leadership seems to play an important, but complex role in the reduction of corrupt practices within the police institution. The findings were discussed in the specific contexts of transformational leadership theory, organizational practices, and police corruption. The practical implications for organizational development, police reform and crusade against police deviances were also underscored.

Keywords: leadership style; transformational leadership; good policing; police corruption; reform; charisma

Suggested Citation

Orole, Felix and Gadar, Kamisan Bin and Hunter, Murray, Leadership Style, Policing and Perception of Corruption: A Comparative Preliminary Study within the Nigeria Police Force (November 21, 2014). Psychosociological Issues in Human Resource Management Volume 2(2), 2014, pp. 79–93, ISSN 2332-399X, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2931681

Felix Orole (Contact Author)

University of Queensland, Business School, Students ( email )

St Lucia
Australia

Kamisan Bin Gadar

University of Kuala Lumpur ( email )

1016, Jalan Sultan Ismail
Kuala Lumpur, 50250
Malaysia

Murray Hunter

University of Malaysia, Perlis ( email )

Perlis, 02600
Malaysia

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