By Ali Al Yabhouni
This study aims to examine the difference of decision-making process of government leadership based on two dimensions which are the individual and collective perception of figures who were working with Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding Father of the UAE. As this study seeks an in-depth understanding of leadership decision making strategies in the UAE, a mixed-method approach was found more appropriate. Interview will be used as the main research instrument, therefore, the research process in this respect includes evolving questions to develop interview model and procedures, then, information or data typically collected in the participant’s setting, followed by data analysis inductively building from particulars to general fields, whilst the researcher makes interpretations of the meaning of the data. The sample consisted of 41 personalities persons and stakeholders who had worked closely with Sheikh Zayed towards the formation and development of the United Arab Emirates. The purposive sampling method or convenience sampling was appropriate. The main findings of this research highlighted that Sheikh Zayed leadership was mostly transformational in all fields throughout his leadership. At the same time, Sheikh Zayed was very transactional and less participative in critical fields such as military. In fields which are very close to people beliefs and culture such as education and social support, Sheikh Zayed was very participative in his leadership.