I hold a BSc (Hons) in Digital Media, a MSc in Leadership and Management and a MA in Social Research. Primary research interests include a variety of topics around leadership studies. My doctoral research examines leadership behaviours, creativity and innovation. Further research interests include workplace bullying, as well as relationships between leaders and followers.
Dr Anna Topakas, Dr Kamaljit Birdi
Leading for Creativity: How Ambidextrous Leaders Facilitate Followers’ Innovative Behaviour
Scope of Research (aims and objectives)
Innovation is considered a significant aspect among organizations. Studies show that creativity is a very desirable aspect among employees and potential candidates, since it is the primary driver of innovation. Leadership has been found to influence both of these attributes. The behaviours that the leaders employ towards their subordinates may positively or negatively affect outcomes of such nature. Hence, researchers have been examining for some time now how the leadership style can influence the creative and innovative behaviour of the followers. Scope of this research is examining in depth the ambidextrous leadership style which has been found to be significantly related with the innovative behaviour of the followers. This research will examine a theoretical model which has been developed based on the framework of Rosing, Frese and Bausch (2011). We will not only test the framework, but we will also investigate whether additional mechanisms intervene which might further explain the relationship between ambidextrous leadership and employees innovative behaviour. Through this project, we hope to increase our knowledge around the effects of ambidextrous leadership in the workplace and understand how leaders facilitate innovation.
Mavros, C., Topakas, A. (2018), “Does your personality matter? Examining the role of victims' personality and optimism in abusive supervision” paper presented to the Institute of Work Psychology Biennial Conference, Sheffield University Management School, Sheffield UK, June 2018.