DOI: 10.1177/03063070231225602 ISSN: 0306-3070

Are proactive employees always creative? The roles of political skill and leader-member exchange

Albi Alikaj, Wei Ning, Cau Ngoc Nguyen, Bingqing Wu, Doreen Hanke
  • Strategy and Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)

This study examines the underlying mechanisms of the relationship between proactive personality and creative behaviors, and it does so by proposing and empirically testing a moderated mediation model that explains how the indirect effect of employees’ proactive personality on their creative behaviors via leader-member exchange is moderated by the employees’ political skill. Data collected from 153 subordinate-supervisor dyads was used to test the hypotheses. Using hierarchical linear modeling, this research finds support for the proposed hypotheses. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

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