Authentic Leadership Style and Academia’s Creativity in Higher Education Institutions: Intrinsic Motivation and Mood as Mediators

Ifzal AHMAD, Mueen Aizaz ZAFAR, Khurram SHAHZAD


Using multisource data of 302 paired responses (supervisor-employee dyads), this study examined the effect of Authentic Leadership Style (ALS) on academia’s creativity with mediating role of their intrinsic motivation and mood in higher education institutions (HEIs) of Pakistan. Heads of departments (HoDs) in HEIs were asked to report their leadership style and creativity of their academic staff, whereas academia rated their intrinsic motivation and mood at work. ALS was regressed with creativity, intrinsic motivation and mood of academia to measure the direct relationships, whereas mediations were tested using bootstrapping technique. A strong infl uence of ALS on academic staff’s creativity, their intrinsic motivation and mood were found. Additionally, a partial mediating role of intrinsic motivation and mood was found between ALS and creativity of academic staff.


Authentic Leadership Style, creativity, intrinsic motivation, mood of employees, Higher Education Institutions.

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