Empowering leadership and employee creativity: the mediating roles of work engagement and knowledge sharing

Baek Kyoo Joo, Jeong Ha Yim, Young Sim Jin, Soo Jeoung Han

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aims to investigate the relationship between empowering leadership and employee creativity and the mediating roles of work engagement and knowledge sharing in this relationship. Design/methodology/approach: Using the results of a survey of 302 knowledge workers from a leading telecommunications company in South Korea, the relationships among the variables empowering leadership, work engagement and knowledge sharing on employee creativity were analyzed using conducted confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling. This study conducted bootstrap analyses to test the mediating effects. Findings: Empowering leadership was positively and significantly associated with work engagement and knowledge sharing. Work engagement was significantly related to knowledge sharing and employee creativity. In turn, knowledge sharing was significantly associated with employee creativity. The direct effect of empowering leadership on employee creativity was nonsignificant, but this study found a significant indirect effect of empowering leadership on employee creativity via the significant mediating roles of work engagement and knowledge sharing. Originality/value: This study introduced empowering leadership that may work for knowledge workers who create new ideas by analyzing data from the knowledge workers’ perceptions of their leaders in the workplace. The intuitive linkage between work engagement and knowledge sharing was empirically verified in this study. This study’s findings and implications provide direction for knowledge workers and how their managers should support employees’ work environment and activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)881-899
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of Training and Development
Volume47
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Nov 20

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • General Business,Management and Accounting

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