Authentic leadership promoting employees' psychological capital and creativity

Arménio Rego, Filipa Sousa, Carla Marques, Miguel Pina e Cunha

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Two hundred and one employees report their psychological capital, as well as their supervisors' authentic leadership. Supervisors describe the employees' creativity. The main findings show that authentic leadership predicts employees' creativity, both directly and through the mediating role of employees' psychological capital. The study empirically validates theoretical arguments that suggest integrating authentic leadership and psychological capital in research, and indicates that both may foster employees' creativity, a crucial resource for helping organizations to face competitive challenges, take advantage of business opportunities, and improve organizational effectiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-437
JournalJournal of Business Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • Psychological capital
  • Creativity
  • Authentic leadership


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