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THE EFFECT OF THE GROUP LEADER’S MOTIVATION SKILLS ON PERFORMANCE OF THE GROUPS FUNDED BY WOMEN ENTERPRISE FUND IN KIAMBU COUNTY IN KENYA


IRENE KIBATI

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture

and Technology, Kenya (JKUAT).

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DR KABARE KARANJA

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture

and Technology, Kenya (JKUAT)


DR GEORGE ORWA

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture

and Technology, Kenya (JKUAT)


Citation: Kibati., I, Karanja., K. & Orwa.,G. (2015). The Effect of the Group Leader’s Motivation Skills on Performance of the Groups Funded by Women Enterprise Fund in Kiambu County in Kenya. International Journal of Human Resource and Procurement 4 (12)1-17.


Abstract

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 leader’s motivation skills on performance of the women groups. The target population for group members was 53 women groups. The sample size used was 307 respondents. Simple random sampling was used. Primary data was used and questionnaires were used to collect data. The data collected was analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics 20.0.1. The inferential statistics involved the use of Pearson’s correlation and M logit. The results indicated that leader motivational skills have an influence on the Women Enterprise group’s performance. A leader’s ability to motivate others who are affecting his work will make him an effective leader and will bring positive change in an organization. The impact of leadership on motivation tends to be inferred by outcomes, particularly focusing on group or organization performance. The effect motivation has on the behaviour of employees is that it creates a focus on specific assignments, persons or topics that might be in question. Furthermore, it creates energy, effort and a determination which creates more persistence. It was established that log odds of a unit increase in motivational skills of the group multiplies the odds of the women enterprise group’s performance bing high than being of average performance by 7.23 as indicated by the exponential beta results (Exp(B)= 7.23).The study concludes that good leader motivational skills could improve an organisation or group. It is recommended that Women Enterprise Fund should advocate for member involvement in order to motivate members which leads to more commitment and resourcefulness. It should encourage leadership styles that are participatory. WEF should also seek to sensitize leaders on the importance of member motivation through simple measures like use of praise. WEF should also sensitize leaders on the importance of the leader supporting members in group activities and establish strict measures and monitoring where group rules are strictly followed to discourage unequal treatment of members by leaders.

Key words: motivation skills, performance, women groups


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