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Authentic leadership and creativity: the mediating role of happiness

Ana Suzete Dias Semedo (Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal)
Arnaldo Fernandes Matos Coelho (Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal)
Neuza Manuel Pereira Ribeiro (Center for Research in Management for Sustainability, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Leiria, Portugal and School of Technology and Management, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Leiria, Portugal)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 10 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Authentic leadership (AL) as a style can influence, directly or indirectly, employees’ attitudes and behaviors. In this perspective, the purpose of this study is to investigate how AL predicts affective well-being (AWB) and employees’ creativity. The mediating role of AWB and the moderating role of satisfaction with management will be analyzed.

Design/methodology/approach

The researchers have analyzed the data from a questionnaire administered to a sample of 543 employees belonging to various public and private organizations in Cape Verde. Structural equation modelling was used to test the proposed hypotheses and a multi-group analysis was performed to identify how the level of satisfaction with the management may impact the proposed relationships.

Findings

The results of this study reveal that perceptions of AL predict employees’ creativity both directly and through the mediating role of AWB. Satisfaction with the management seems to moderate the relationship between AL, AWB and creativity.

Practical implications

The research outcomes suggest that organizations should focus on training leaders who value self-awareness and transparency in their relationships with others, who display an internal moral perspective and demonstrate balanced processing of information, to guarantee good results at the individual level and, consequently, at the organizational level. This study provides practitioners with possible routes to act in favor of a much happier and more creative workforce.

Originality/value

The originality of this study is because of the integration of these four concepts in a single study, providing evidence of the relationship between AL and creativity through the mediating role of AWB and moderating role of satisfaction with the management.

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Citation

Semedo, A.S.D., Coelho, A.F.M. and Ribeiro, N.M.P. (2017), "Authentic leadership and creativity: the mediating role of happiness", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 25 No. 3, pp. 395-412. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOA-03-2016-0994

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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