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How do leadership styles influence the creativity of employees?

Anita Kolnhofer-Derecskei ()

Society and Economy, 2016, vol. 38, issue 1, 103-118

Abstract: The objective of organizational creativity is to identify those factors that could affect creativity. One of the most influential factors is the leadership style. Following the review of literatures, we investigated this phenomenon in the Hungarian labor market. We analyzed the answers of more than 600 Hungarian employees. We asked them to categorize their leader on the basis of which classic Lewin leadership style is most characteristic of him or her. After this, they needed to judge how the perceived leadership style would affect the two phases of their workplace creativity. Similarly to international results, democratic leadership style proved to be stimulating, while the authoritarian leadership style was inhibitory. It has also been proved that not only leadership style influences creativity, as the model of successful creative organization cannot be described with the behavior of the leader(s) only.

Keywords: creativity; organizational creativity; leadership style; quantitative research (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J28 M54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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