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The Linkage Between Turkish Managers’ Leadership Orientations and Their Innovativeness Feature: An Empirical Study

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Author(s): Evren AYRANCI | Nurdan COLAKOGLU

Journal: International Business Research
ISSN 1913-9004

Volume: 6;
Issue: 8;
Date: 2013;
Original page

ABSTRACT
The dual issues of leadership features and innovativeness constitute an important component of the relatedliterature along with the studies focusing on the connections between these two. The current study considers thisconnection with the notion that innovativeness should be included as a feature of a leader, but it also movesfurther by trying to understand how leadership orientations and innovativeness are patterned together within theleadership concept. To this end, the authors of the current study collect data from the top managers of businessesin the Istanbul Leather Organized Industrial Zone and perform inferential analyses. It is discovered thatleadership orientations have three and that innovativeness has five distinct factors. A structural equation modelthat includes all of these factors together under the concept of leadership is proposed. Although all of theinnovativeness factors are found to be integrated within this model, only one factor for leadership orientations –people orientation – can be integrated within the model. In other words, innovativeness can entirely be includedwithin the proposed model of leadership, but leadership orientations can only partially be included. Most of theinnovativeness factors are positively and moderately related to leadership, albeit assertiveness is notconsiderably favored. Overall, the emphasis appears to be on people oriented and innovative leadership.
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