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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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.
TidsskriftPublic Management Review (Print)
Udgave nummer2
Antal sider29
StatusUdgivet - 2017


  • public leadership
  • Innovation
  • public administration/administrative theory
  • public innovation
  • Copenhagen
  • Barcelona
  • Rotterdam
  • City government
  • Governance
  • Network governance
  • Collaboration
  • Local government

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