Drawing from Hirschman’s articulation of voice as a force to keep leaders on their toes, this proposed study attempts to apply the exit-voice framework to the problem of Leadership competencies that has bedevilled many Ugandan SMEs. Using a mixed methods research approach, follower influence over leadership competencies of SME owner-managers shall be analyzed. The objective is to determine the extent to which follower voice behaviour influences leadership competencies of owner-managers. It’s worth noting that this is purely a preliminary analysis which is based on existing literature before empirical conclusions. A detailed methodological stance that the empirical study will adopt is presented.