—This article is a part of a research study carried
out for the Ph.D dissertation. one of the aspect of the research
was to explore the relationship between leadership behavior
and acceptance of leader by the subordinates. The moderating
variables of study were situational factors i.e. subordinates’
characteristics and environmental characteristics. Path-goal
theory was tested in telecom industry of Pakistan by conducting
research on the 60 middle and 140 lower managers of four
mobile companies. Data analysis revealed significant
relationship of subordinate acceptance of leader with leadership
behavior and situational factor .It was also found that
leadership behavior affects subordinates’ acceptance of leader
and can be used as predictor of acceptance of leader.
Management of the cellular companies may be benefited from
the findings of this research, so there are some
recommendations for them at the end of this article.
—Path goal theory, subordinates’
characteristics. environmental characteristics, leaderships’
behavior, acceptance of leader.
Sikander Hayat Malik is with the State Bank of Pakistan Based at
Karachi, Pakistan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Shamsa Aziz is with Department of Education, International Islamic
University Islamabad , Pakistan (e-mail: email@example.com).
Hamid Hassan is with the Federal College of Education, Islamabad
Pakistan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Sikandar Hayyat Malik, Shamsa Aziz, and Hamid Hassan, "Leadership Behavior and Acceptance of Leaders by Subordinates: Application of Path Goal Theory in Telecom Sector," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol.5, no.2, pp. 170-175, 2014.