African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4157

Full Length Research Paper

An investigation of the leadership styles of Pentecostal church leaders in Zimbabwe

Judith Mwenje
  • Judith Mwenje
  • Faculty of Commerce, Department of Business Management. National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
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  •  Received: 26 July 2015
  •  Accepted: 20 November 2015
  •  Published: 14 February 2016


The aim of the paper is to focus on leadership styles exercised by Pentecostal leaders in Zimbabwe. The target population was divided into three main groups; the founders, the leaders and the members of Pentecostal churches in Zimbabwe.  Depth interviews and questionnaires were used on six founders, three hundred and fifty leaders and nine hundred members. The leadership style of the founders was found to be transformational while that of the leaders was democratic.  The dominant leadership style as reported by members was supportive. The study extends/applies the study of leadership styles from business organisations to church organisations. The study enabled the creation of leadership models that can be applied to both church and business organisations for growth. An in-depth study on the leadership styles practiced by Pentecostal churches in Zimbabwe clarifies on the reasons of growth experienced in the churches.

Key words: Democratic leadership, founders, leaders, supportive leadership and transformational leadership.