INFLUENCE OF LEADERSHIP STYLE ON CONFLICT MANAGEMENT IN PRIVATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN SOUTH WEST AND SOUTH-SOUTH, NIGERIA
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The study investigated the influence of leadership style on conflict management in private university libraries in South-West and South-South Nigeria. The study employed the descriptive research design. Total enumeration was adopted because of few numbers of librarians in private and structured questionnaire were used to collect data. The instrument was validated using Cronbach’s Alpha. Data analysis involved both descriptive and inferential statistics such as percentage distributions, mean and standard deviation as well as regression analysis. The finding revealed that conflict management techniques used in the university libraries studied were collaborating and accommodating, followed by sharing. Avoidance and competing techniques were not frequently used by the librarians in the study. Also the study shows that leadership style (β = .312, F=17.410, P < .05) has significant influence on conflict management. The study recommends that the library administration should encourage the workers to do the right; individual interest must not reign supreme over the common goal and also there should be meetings by librarians of different cadre to address the issues affecting harmonious working relationship and service of the library.