Openness to Experience, Ethical Leadership, and Innovative Work Behavior

Basharat Javed, Abdul Karim Khan, Surendra Arjoon, Maria Mashkoor, Adnan ul Haque

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Drawing on trait activation theory, we examine ethical leadership as a boundary condition on the relationship between openness to experience and innovative work behavior. We collected data from 291 subordinates and 51 supervisors to test our theoretical model. Our results suggest that openness to experience was positively related to innovative work behavior. Furthermore, this relationship was only significant when ethical leadership was perceived high as compared to low. Our research contributes to the literatures on innovative work behavior and ethical leadership.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-223
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Creative Behavior
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2020


  • creative personality
  • ethical leadership
  • innovative work behavior
  • openness to experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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