Structuring leadership and team creativity: The mediating role of team innovation climate

Guanxiong Pei1
1School of Management, Zhejiang University, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Pei, G. (2017). Structuring leadership and team creativity: The mediating role of team innovation climate. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 45(3), 369-376.

Volume 45 Issue 3 | e5677 | Published: April 2017 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.5677

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Because of rapid technological progress, shortened production cycles, and fierce competition, fostering team creativity has become an important leadership function. However, few empirical researchers have examined the relationship between a structuring leadership style and team creativity. I surveyed 54 participant teams working in Chinese high-tech enterprises to examine the influence of structuring leadership on team innovation climate and its subsequent effect on team creativity. Results indicated that structuring leadership was positively related to both team innovation climate and team creativity. In addition, the results supported the role of team innovation climate as a mediator in the relationship between structuring leadership and team creativity. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed with regard to the ways in which leaders can enhance team creativity.

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