Date of Award

Fall 2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)


Public Policy and Administration

Committee Chairperson

Amanda M. Olejarski, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Francis Atuahene, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Allison H. Turner, PhD.


Organizations are led by leaders who are expected to lead their employees toward a great performance capable of meeting or exceeding organizational goals. In order to achieve organizational goals, leaders can utilize different leadership styles depending on the situations that they face. Thus, this study aims to show how the three leadership styles: democratic, autocratic, and laissez-faire, can impact or influence the job performance of employees. The study was conducted at the Embassy of the Central African Republic in Washington, D.C. A sample of 10 participants was drawn, and semi-structured interviews were used as a method to collect data. The study found that the democratic style significantly impacted employee job performance because employees shared their opinions with the leader and participated in decision-making. Therefore, the democratic leadership style significantly affects the job performance of employees at the Embassy of the Central African Republic in Washington, D.C.

Keywords: Leadership Style, Job Performance, Democratic Style, Autocratic Style, Laissez-Faire Style, Ambassador, Embassy of the Central African Republic, Leadership, Leader, Subordinate(s), Employee(s), Follower(s).