The purpose of this paper is to investigate how authentic leadership (AL) predicts creativity both directly and through the mediating role of affective commitment (AC) and job resourcefulness (JR).
Data collected from a questionnaire administered to a sample of 543 employees have been analyzed. The model was tested using structural equation modeling.
The findings show that AL predicts AC, JR and creativity. The findings also show that AC and JR predict creativity. In other words, leaders’ authenticity increases employees’ creative spirit and, thus, employees’ ability to overcome obstacles and meet challenges at work and their emotional bond play an important role (mediators) in this relationship.
The results of this study are conclusive and contribute to a better understanding of AL and its implication for employees’ emotional bond, their ability to overcome obstacles and their ability to introduce new and useful ideas. This study provides evidence that organizations should focus on training leaders with authentic characteristics.
This study considers both AC and JR as mediators of the relationship between AL and creativity. Therefore, the originality of this study lies in the integration of these four concepts in a single study to provide a model that depicts the chain of effects between AL, AC, JR and an employee’s creativity.
Semedo, A.S., Coelho, A. and Ribeiro, N. (2018), "The relationship between authentic leaders and employees’ creativity: What are the roles of affective commitment and job resourcefulness?", International Journal of Workplace Health Management, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 58-73. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWHM-06-2017-0048
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