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Supervisor emotionally intelligent behavior and employee creativity


Ivcevic, Zorana; Moeller, Julia; Menges, Jochen; Brackett, Marc (2020). Supervisor emotionally intelligent behavior and employee creativity. Journal of Creative Behavior:Epub ahead of print.

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In a national study of employees across industries (N = 14,645), we examined the role of supervisor emotionally intelligent behavior for employee opportunity to grow, their affect at work, and creativity/innovation at work. Employees reported on their supervisors’ emotionally intelligent behavior (perceiving, using, understanding, and managing emotions), and self-reported about their job experiences and creativity/innovation at work. Supervisor emotionally intelligent behavior was related to employee affect at work assessed using both open-ended questions and emotion rating scales. Furthermore, supervisor emotionally intelligent behavior was linked to employee creativity/innovation through its effect on employee opportunity to grow and higher experience of positive affect (supporting a serial mediation model). We discuss the implications of the results for creativity/innovation research and innovation management.

Abstract

In a national study of employees across industries (N = 14,645), we examined the role of supervisor emotionally intelligent behavior for employee opportunity to grow, their affect at work, and creativity/innovation at work. Employees reported on their supervisors’ emotionally intelligent behavior (perceiving, using, understanding, and managing emotions), and self-reported about their job experiences and creativity/innovation at work. Supervisor emotionally intelligent behavior was related to employee affect at work assessed using both open-ended questions and emotion rating scales. Furthermore, supervisor emotionally intelligent behavior was linked to employee creativity/innovation through its effect on employee opportunity to grow and higher experience of positive affect (supporting a serial mediation model). We discuss the implications of the results for creativity/innovation research and innovation management.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Education
Social Sciences & Humanities > Visual Arts and Performing Arts
Social Sciences & Humanities > Developmental and Educational Psychology
Language:English
Date:18 February 2020
Deposited On:04 Dec 2020 09:19
Last Modified:18 Feb 2021 01:00
Publisher:Creative Education Foundation
ISSN:0022-0175
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/jocb.436
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:20088

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