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J Appl Psychol. 2008 Nov;93(6):1438-46. doi: 10.1037/a0012716.

Transformational leadership and team innovation: integrating team climate principles.

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  • 1Department of Politics and Management, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany. silke.eisenbeiss@uni-konstanz.de

Abstract

Fostering team innovation is increasingly an important leadership function. However, the empirical evidence for the role of transformational leadership in engendering team innovation is scarce and mixed. To address this issue, the authors link transformational leadership theory to principles of M. A. West's (1990) team climate theory and propose an integrated model for the relationship between transformational leadership and team innovation. This model involves support for innovation as a mediating process and climate for excellence as a moderator. Results from a study of 33 research and development teams confirmed that transformational leadership works through support for innovation, which in turn interacts with climate for excellence such that support for innovation enhances team innovation only when climate for excellence is high.

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