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.