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The relationship between authentic leaders and employees’ creativity: What are the roles of affective commitment and job resourcefulness?

Ana Suzete Semedo (Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal)
Arnaldo Coelho (Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal)
Neuza Ribeiro (CARME-Centre of Applied Research in Management and Economics, School of Technology and Management, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Leiria, Portugal)

International Journal of Workplace Health Management

ISSN: 1753-8351

Article publication date: 4 May 2018

Issue publication date: 21 May 2018

Abstract

Purpose

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).

Design/methodology/approach

Data collected from a questionnaire administered to a sample of 543 employees have been analyzed. The model was tested using structural equation modeling.

Findings

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.

Practical implications

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.

Originality/value

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.

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Citation

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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Emerald Publishing Limited

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