The Effect of the Leaders’ Decision Making Skills on Performance of Women Groups Funded by Women Enterprise Fund in Kiambu County in Kenya
The Kenyan government has a lot of interest in the empowerment of women and youth as it believes that they will be the cornerstone of Kenya’s economic development. Therefore, the establishment of effective and efficient leadership skills among women group leaders in the Women Enterprise fund (WEF) is critical for the performance of these groups since leadership is considered a critical indicator of organizational and group success. This study, therefore, sought to establish the effect of the group leaders’ decision making skills on performance of the women groups. The target population was 53 women groups. The sample size used was 307 respondents. Simple random sampling was used. Questionnaires were used to collect data. The data collected was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics using Statistical Package of Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20.0. The inferential statistics involved the use of Pearson’s correlation and regression analysis. The results indicated that leaders’ decision making skills have an influence on the Women Enterprise group’s performance. Decision making is a major attribute of a good leader. Leaders, who listen considerately to their followers opinions before making a decision, tend to get good results as compared to their counterparts who use non-participative approach. This is in situations when followers are highly qualified, experts and professionals (Koontz & Weihrich, 2010). The results indicate that there is a positive and significant relationship between performance of the women groups and decision making skills of the group leaders. This is in view of the correlation coefficient (r =.486) which depicts that the two variables are related. This reveals that any positive change in decision making skills leads to increased Women Enterprise groups’ performance. The study concludes that leaders’ decision making skills will improve the performance of an organization or group. It is recommended that leaders should be sensitized on the importance of guiding their groups through decision making processes for quality decisions. The art of making decisions should be urgently included in capacity building programmes.