Authentic Leadership and Innovative Work Behavior. Mediating Role of Creative Self-Efficacy and Buffering Effect of Mastery Goal Orientation

  • Zurwa Zarar Niazi International Islamic University, Islamabad
  • Faria Arshad Assistant Professor, International Islamic University, Islamabad
Keywords: Authentic Leadership, Creative self-efficacy, mastery goal orientation and innovative work behavior.


The current study examines the impact of authentic leadership on worker’s innovative work behavior by examining the mediating effect of creative self-efficacy and buffering effect of mastery orientation. Specifically, the study has hypothesized that people face authentic leadership direct as it acts as a principal factor in employees’ behavior. Authentic leadership has a significant impact on employees’ creative self-efficacy which further affects their innovative work behavior. Moreover, it is proposed that mastery goal orientation affects authentic leadership and creative self-efficacy relationship, we also hypothesize that through creative self-efficacy, mastery orientation influences the indirect effect of independent variable i.e., authentic leadership on employee outcome. In this research, data was collected from the employees and their peers, using a time-lagged study (n=361) in Pakistan’s education sector. Using the moderated-mediation technique, researchers have tested the hypotheses for inference. The results of this study indicate that the use of creative self-efficacy as an intermediary between authentic leadership and innovative work behavior relationship. The mastery goal orientation moderating hypothesis was not supported in the current study. The research concludes with a brief discussion of the study's implications, limitations, and potential future research directions.