• Deogratias Rubera Management University of Africa
  • Dr. Michael O. Ngala, Ph.D. Management University of Africa
  • Dr. Thomas Ngui Chandaria School of Business, United States International University - Africa


Purpose of the study: This study aimed at establishing the relationship between leadership practices and performance of chartered universities in Kenya.

Statement of the problem:

Effective leadership practices are essential cornerstone to ensure university performance while sustaining the university's competitive advantage in the unpredictable aggressive marketplace. However, studies show that many universities in Kenya have failed to implement well-thought-out good leadership and performance practices.

Research methodology: The study adopted a positivist research philosophy and a cross-sectional design. The target population was 49 chartered universities operating in Kenya. Data was collected from academic registrars, persons in charge of human resources, finance, quality assurance and student chairpersons. Primary data was collected using a survey questionnaire combining closed-ended and open-ended questions distributed to 4 employees from the university management and 1 student chair as respondents. Data were analyzed using descriptive and regression analysis.

Results of the study: The correlation results indicated a positive and significant association between leadership practices and performance (r=.855; sig=.000). The null hypothesis was rejected while the alternative hypothesis was accepted. Hence, a strong and statistically significant relationship between leadership practices and performance of chartered universities in Kenya exists.

Conclusion: The findings are useful to the leadership of Kenyan universities in the formulation of strategies for improving performance. The results of this study may serve as a basis for university leaders to assess their leadership strengths and weaknesses and would use the findings to become more effective university leaders.

Recommendations:  The study recommends that chartered universities in Kenya should take into account all the various dimensions of leadership practices for a better performance.

Keywords:  Leadership practices, performance, Chartered Universities, Kenya

Author Biographies

Deogratias Rubera, Management University of Africa

Post Graduate Student, Management University of Africa

Dr. Michael O. Ngala, Ph.D., Management University of Africa

Lecturer, School of Management & Leadership, Management University of Africa

Dr. Thomas Ngui, Chandaria School of Business, United States International University - Africa

Lecturer, Chandaria School of Business, United States International University - Africa


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How to Cite
Rubera, D., Ngala, M. O., & Ngui, T. (2022). RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LEADERSHIP PRACTICES AND PERFORMANCE OF CHARTERED UNIVERSITIES IN KENYA. African Journal of Emerging Issues, 4(8), 93 - 109. Retrieved from