Prof. Dr. ISMAIL YILDIRIM
Education equips people with knowledge and skills that enable them to function as agents of economic and social change in the society. When people are educated, their standard of living are likely to be improved, since they are empowered to access productive ventures which will ultimately lead them to an improvement in their livelihoods. In the developed part of the World like America and Europe, studies have shown that there exist a very strong relationship between leadership styles and job satisfaction of employees, however, little work has been carried out in Africa for which Ghana is inclusive. Even in relation to the little work done, the concentration has not been on subverted organizations such as Ghana Education Service in spite of the low standards of education. The study was purely descriptive in nature, which adopted a sample size of 217 with the help of systematic random sampling techniques. The study therefore examines how the three leadership styles (transformational, transactional and laissez-faire) influence job satisfaction of Senior High School teachers in the Techiman Municipality of Ghana. The study revealed that, there is no dominant leadership style exhibited by headmasters of the Senior High Schools in the Techiman Municipality. It also showed that the Senior High School teachers in the Techiman Municipality are moderately satisfied. Again, the study showed that transformational leadership showed the highest effect on the overall job satisfaction followed by transactional leadership. Laissez-faire leadership also showed a negative effect on the overall job satisfaction. The study recommended that, Ghana Education Service should organise training on ‘Full Range Leadership’ for headmasters of the Senior High Schools in Ghana in order for them to know the effects of the various leadership behaviours. Also, the study further recommended that, the government of Ghana should improve the salaries, working conditions and fringe benefits of teachers in the Senior High Schools in order to enhance satisfaction levels of the teachers on the job.