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.

dx.doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2016.1148192, hdl.handle.net/1765/90922
Public Management Review: an international journal of research and theory
Department of Sociology

Ricard, L.M, Klijn, E-H, Lewis, J.M, & Ysa, T. (2017). Assessing Public Leadership Styles for Innovation: A Comparison of Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Barcelona. Public Management Review: an international journal of research and theory, 19(2), 134–156. doi:10.1080/14719037.2016.1148192