Transformational leadership and employee creativity: The mediating role of promotion focus and creative process engagement


Henker, Nils ; Sonnentag, Sabine ; Unger, Dana


DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10869-014-9348-7
URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10869-0...
Additional URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/271412171...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2015
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Business and Psychology
Volume: 30
Issue number: 2
Page range: 235-247
Place of publication: Dordrecht [u.a.]
Publishing house: Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
ISSN: 0889-3268 , 1573-353X
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Arbeits- u. Organisationspsychologie (Sonnentag 2010-)
Subject: 150 Psychology
Keywords (English): Transformational leadership , Creativity , Regulatory Focus Theory , Creative process engagement
Abstract: Purpose The paper aims at investigating the processes underlying the relationship between transformational leadership and employee creativity. We hypothesized that promotion focus mediates the relationship between transformational leadership and employee creativity and that creative process engagement mediates the relationship between promotion focus and employee creativity. Design/Methodology/Approach We conducted a three-wave longitudinal study with 279 employees and used a path-modeling approach to test our hypotheses. Findings Our results provide support for a sequential mediation model. Promotion focus mediated the relationship between transformational leadership and employee creativity. Creative process engagement partially mediated the relationship between promotion focus and employee creativity. Implications Findings of this study help to understand how transformational leadership fosters creativity by highlighting the role of promotion focus and creative process engagement. Understanding the relationship between transformational leadership and creativity helps supervisors to create a work environment that fosters employee creativity. Originality/Value This study contributes to the literature by identifying the mediating mechanism for the relationship between transformational leadership and employee creativity and providing a comprehensive model that illustrates the importance of the different stages within the creative process as antecedents of employee creativity.

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Henker, Nils ; Sonnentag, Sabine ; Unger, Dana (2015) Transformational leadership and employee creativity: The mediating role of promotion focus and creative process engagement. Journal of Business and Psychology Dordrecht [u.a.] 30 2 235-247 [Article]


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