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Inclusive leadership and innovative work behaviors: a moderated mediation model

Lütfi Sürücü (Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, World Peace University, North Cyprus, Turkey)
Ahmet Maslakçı (Bahçeşehir Cyprus University, North Cyprus, Turkey)
Harun Şeşen (Cyprus International University, North Cyprus, Turkey)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 8 February 2023

Issue publication date: 8 March 2023




This research aimed to determine how and why inclusive leadership is effective in innovative work behaviors (IWBs). For this purpose, a conceptual model including inclusive leadership, IWBs, psychological resilience capacity and leader–member exchange (LMX) has been proposed.


To test the proposed model, a questionnaire was administered to the employees of a Turkish telecommunications company located in Istanbul and Ankara. Data obtained from 459 employees selected by convenience sampling method were analyzed using SPSS-24 and PROCESS macro.


The results show that inclusive leadership has a positive effect on IWBs through psychological resilience capacity. Additionally, it has been determined that LMX plays a moderated mediation role in this relationship.


The research model, which is a new attempt in the literature, contributes to filling a significant gap in leadership research and presents a holistic perspective to readers and practitioners in understanding the effects of the inclusive leader on IWBs by testing the moderated mediation effect of LMX.



Sürücü, L., Maslakçı, A. and Şeşen, H. (2023), "Inclusive leadership and innovative work behaviors: a moderated mediation model", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 44 No. 1, pp. 87-102.



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