Date of Award

Fall 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education


Department of Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. Emile Hawkins

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Gollery

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Hinds


The purpose of this quantitative non-experimental research study was to determine whether a supervisor’s leadership style affects a counselor’s job satisfaction and their decision to remain with or leave an organization. The researcher-designed survey involved collecting data from counselors to elicit their perceptions regarding the supervisory leadership style. For the comparison of leadership styles, the researcher explored the following styles in this research: autocratic leadership, participative leadership, servant leadership, situational leadership, transactional leadership, and transformational leadership. The implications of this research are twofold and include the decision of substance abuse organizations regarding hiring leaders who exhibit the traits of a specific leadership style and whether leadership training should be provided to assist the currently employed leaders. The results suggest that the leadership styles of participative leadership and transformational leadership were the most effective in developing a positive relationship between the supervisor and the counselor.