Title: The moderating role of knowledge sharing and mediating role of employee creative self-efficacy on the association of empowering leadership and employee creativity

Authors: Muhammad Arshad; Chen Kun Yu; Aneela Qadir; Waqar Ahmad; Changwen Xie

Addresses: School of Business, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, Kunming 650221, China ' School of Business, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, Kunming 650221, China ' School of Business, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, Kunming 650221, China ' Faculty of Management and Economics, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650500, China ' School of Business, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, Kunming 650221, China

Abstract: The study's purpose is to explore the relationship among empowering leadership (EL) and employee creativity through knowledge sharing and employee creative self-efficacy. A standard questionnaire is distributed among 352 employees and their leadership for data collection of the study. The study participants are taken from top management, including lower-level employees working in the telecommunication industry. We analyse data using the structural equation modelling technique. The results show that empowering leadership significantly affect employees' creativity and creative self-efficacy mediates the relation between empowering leadership and employee creativity and knowledge sharing to strengthen empowering leadership and employee creativity relationships. Our findings explain that leadership has a strong role in employees' creativity. Additionally, the implications of the study inform practitioners to investigate this phenomenon in other areas.

Keywords: empowering leadership; employees' creativity; creative self-efficacy; knowledge sharing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMP.2021.118940

International Journal of Management Practice, 2021 Vol.14 No.6, pp.660 - 681

Received: 02 May 2020
Accepted: 10 Dec 2020

Published online: 10 Nov 2021 *

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