Does servant leadership foster creativity and innovation? A multi-level mediation study of identification and prototypicality

Diah Yoshida, Sen Sendjaya, Giles Hirst, Brian Cooper

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The purpose of this multi-level study is to examine how servant leadership affects both employee creativity and team innovation. Drawing from social identity, in particular, relational identification theory, we found on the basis of a two-nation Asian sample of 154 teams that servant leadership promotes individual relational identification and collective prototypicality with the leader which, in turn, fosters employee creativity and team innovation. In addition, our study suggests that the mediated effect of leader identification is strongest when team climate for innovation is high.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1395 - 1404
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Business Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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