Volume 1, 2013: Issue 2

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Leadership styles and creativity


Delia Bosiok, The Higher Technical School of Professional Studies, Serbia


The main objective of this study was to elucidate the nature of two psychological constructs – leadership style and creativity. For this purpose, we administered the ECCI-i and LSQ scales to 140 leaders of both genders from different business organizations. Reliability of the ECCI-i and LSQ scales, as measured by Cronbach’s alpha coefficient was 0.971, and 0.887 respectively. In addition, ECCI-i demonstrated a meaningful latent structure as demonstrated by the extraction of the four factors of Capturing ideas, Search for challenges, Broading knowledge and Surrounding that explained over 57% of the total variance. However, the latent structure of the LSQ scale failed to reach the standard psychometric criteria, so for the ensuing statistical analysis we relied on a key found in the literature. Our data indicated a significant correlation between the latent dimensions of the creativity construct and those of autocratic, democratic and liberal leadership styles. Gender had no effect on expressing leadership styles and creativity. Therefore, we concluded that creativity was an important construct, necessary to conduct research in this field, considering that the diversity of ideas, if properly analyzed, can have a major positive impact on the development of business organizations.


Creativity; Leadership style; Leaders; Organization


Research paper


The Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management (OJAKM), ISSN: 2325-4688


International Institute for Applied Knowledge Management (IIAKM)


11 August 2013