Little research has been directed toward the relationship between leadership style and communication apprehension. This study focused on the relationship between leadership style in task-oriented small groups and state communication anxiety. Two research questions were posed. First, does state communication anxiety vary as a function of leadership style in task-oriented small groups? Second, does this relationship vary over time? Results of the study indicated that leadership style does affect levels of state anxiety in task-oriented small groups. In addition, levels of state anxiety were generally found to decrease over time. The relationship between leadership style and state anxiety did not appear to vary as a function of time.