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Transformational leadership, leader support, and employee creativity

Transformational leadership, leader support, and employee creativity Purpose – This study aims to examine the moderating role played by leaders' task and relations support in the relationship between transformational leadership and followers' level of creativity. Design/methodology/approach – A sample of 182 supervisor‐subordinate dyads was randomly collected and returned from a restaurant, hotel, retail store, bank, and travel agent of Hong Kong. Findings – Results indicated that the positive relationship between transformational leadership and followers' creativity is stronger when there is a high degree of leaders' task and relations support. Research lismitations/implications – This study extends the leadership literature to better understand the effects of transformational leadership on employees' level of creativity are contingent on the nature of leaders' support. Sample size is a possible limitation. Practical implications – Intensive training can be provided to supervisors or personality test can be used to screen for selected individuals who are high caliber for being a potential transformational leader. Originality/value – An empirical examination of how leaders' task and relations support can strengthen the positive link between transformational leadership and employees' level of creativity that previously have been overlooked. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Leadership & Organization Development Journal Emerald Publishing

Transformational leadership, leader support, and employee creativity

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0143-7739
DOI
10.1108/01437731111169988
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Abstract

Purpose – This study aims to examine the moderating role played by leaders' task and relations support in the relationship between transformational leadership and followers' level of creativity. Design/methodology/approach – A sample of 182 supervisor‐subordinate dyads was randomly collected and returned from a restaurant, hotel, retail store, bank, and travel agent of Hong Kong. Findings – Results indicated that the positive relationship between transformational leadership and followers' creativity is stronger when there is a high degree of leaders' task and relations support. Research lismitations/implications – This study extends the leadership literature to better understand the effects of transformational leadership on employees' level of creativity are contingent on the nature of leaders' support. Sample size is a possible limitation. Practical implications – Intensive training can be provided to supervisors or personality test can be used to screen for selected individuals who are high caliber for being a potential transformational leader. Originality/value – An empirical examination of how leaders' task and relations support can strengthen the positive link between transformational leadership and employees' level of creativity that previously have been overlooked.

Journal

Leadership & Organization Development JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 28, 2011

Keywords: Transformational leadership; Creativity; Task support; Relations support; Leaders

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