Transformational leadership in leading young innovators: a subordinate's perspective

Transformational leadership in leading young innovators: a subordinate's perspective
Document type
Article
Author(s)
Uusi-Kakkuri, P.; Kultalahti, T.
Publisher
Emerald
Date of publication
6 July 2016
Subject(s)
Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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This paper is about leadership styles. In particular, it investigates what kind of leadership young innovators favour.

Leadership preferences are studied in the context of transformational leadership covering transformational leadership, transactional leadership (including passive and active management by exception), rewarding, laissez-faire and authoritative leadership styles.

Methodology

Questionnaires. 297 Finnish university students completed a voluntary leadership behaviour questionnaire and an innovativeness scale.

Findings

The results indicate that receiving intellectual stimulation from their leader is more important to young innovators than it is to their peers but the former are also less comfortable with active management by exception.

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