Leader Levity: The Effects of a Leader's Humor Delivery on Followers' Positive Emotions and Creative Performance
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In this paper, a leader's style of humor delivery is proposed to have an influence on followers' positive emotions (e.g., joy, contentment, pride in one's work), and subsequent creative performance. Extant literature is also presented in support of the proposition that humor delivery will have a positive effect on followers' creativity and innovation. Positive emotions are proposed to mediate the relationship between humor and creative performance.
Hughes, L.W. (2009). Leader levity: The effects of a leader's humor delivery on followers' positive emotions and creative performance. Journal of Behavioral & Applied Management 10(3), 415-432. DOI:
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