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Influence of leadership behaviors and attitudes on innovativeness' of employees.

Oude Luttikhuis, Malou (2014) Influence of leadership behaviors and attitudes on innovativeness' of employees.

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Abstract:In the rapidly changing environment that organizations face nowadays, it is necessary to stimulate innovation in order to survive. In the past, R&D departments paid attention to innovative ideas, but research reveals that the most innovative ideas do not come from R&D departments only; employees are seen as the most important source, that can actually foster innovation within organizations. Leaders play an important role in stimulating the innovative work behavior of employees, because they motivate and inspire employees to do so. An extensive literature research indicated that there is a relationship between showing and applying leadership behaviors and the innovativeness' of employees. This study explains this relationship and identifies which leadership behaviors seems to be most appropriate to stimulate the innovative behavior of the employee. The relation-oriented behaviors like providing coaching and advice, opportunities for skill development, allowing substantial responsibility and discretion in work activities and showing empathy are found to be most important to stimulate the innovative behavior of employees. These types of behaviors match with the transformational and participative leadership style. Next to that, our findings shows that a good relationship between the leader and the employee is crucial and essential to foster this kind of behavior and is next to granting freedom to the employee, the main factor in stimulating employee innovativeness'. By making use of a modified version of the taxonomy of leadership behaviors, we identified which type of behavior was present and applied by the respondents, influenced the behavior of employees and stimulates them to be more innovative-minded.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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