Working with creative leaders: An examination of the relationship between leader and team creativity

Teng Li1, Chen Yue2
1School of Management, Zhejiang University, People’s Republic of China
2Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Cite this article:  Li, T., & Yue, C. (2019). Working with creative leaders: An examination of the relationship between leader and team creativity. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 47, e8084.

Volume 47 Issue 6 | e8084 | Published: June 2019 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.8084

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Little research attention has been paid to the importance of creative leadership for team creativity. We proposed that the leader’s level of creativity would be a core component of effective leadership, and that leader creativity would be positively related to team creativity and moderated by leader empowerment and task complexity. Participants were 382 employees and their leaders from 89 project teams in China. Results showed that there was a positive relationship between leader creativity and team creativity, and that the relationship was fortified by task complexity but weakened by leader empowerment. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

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