Assessing public leadership styles for innovation: a comparison of Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Barcelona

Lykke Margot Ricard, Erik Hans Klijn, Jenny M. Lewis, Tamyko Ysa

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Abstract

This article explores which leadership qualities public managers regard as important for public innovation. It is based on a survey of 365 senior public managers in Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Barcelona. Five perspectives on leadership were identified and tested using a number of items. Some of these proved to be more robust than others. Analysis of the three cities reveals a nuanced set of leadership styles, which include a transformational style, and one that is more dedicated to motivating employees, risk-taking and including others in decision-making. This suggests the need for more research on leadership and public-sector innovation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-156
Number of pages23
JournalPublic Management Review
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Leadership
  • innovation
  • leadership scales
  • network governance
  • transformational leadership

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