The Impact of Personality Traits on the Work Motivation of Western Expatriate Employees: Exploring Perspective of Local Leaders and Western Expatriates Working in the Oil and Gas Sector of the UAE

Authors : Hamad Al Naqbi; Tasfoura Dilawer

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 7 - July

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The study evaluated the impact of personality traits of local leaders on Western employee motivation in the UAE and explored the perspectives of both local leaders and Western employees working in the UAE oil and gas industry. For the attainment of this goal, the study relied on a mixed approach of data collection that include both qualitative and quantitative data. The researcher collected quantitative data through surveys to check the impact of local leaders’ personality traits on Western employee work motivation and considered the 5 personality trait theory. The quantitative data was analysed using descriptive analysis and regression analysis techniques. The research outcomes disclosed that leaders with openness and extroversion personality traits, positively influence Western employee motivation levels. However, it is found that conscientiousness has a positive, but insignificant impact on Western employee motivation. Agreeableness is positively related to employee motivation while neuroticism hurts Western employee motivation with insignificant effect. Qualitatively collected data were analysed using content analysis and it is found that all personality traits of local leaders are positively associated with Western employee motivation except conscientiousness. The research outcomes of content analysis disclosed that when leaders are excessively conscientious, it may result in employee demotivation and they may feel micromanaged. The study based on research outcomes provides certain recommendations to improve the impact of local leaders' personality traits on Western employee motivation.

Keywords : Personality Traits, Western Employee Motivational Level, and Five Personality Traits Theory.


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