Illegitimacy undermines leader creativity only under stable power
Revista de Psicología Social
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
Power hierarchies are ubiquitous in human societies and can improve behavioral coordination, efficiency and individual incentives
to climb the hierarchical ladder. However, when power differentials lack legitimacy or are unstable, power struggles and conflict
may emerge, as low power people may try to seize power. Power struggles and conflict at the interpersonal level can impede
interpersonal cooperation, increase interpersonal competition, and distract individuals from the task at hand (Greer &
Van Kleef, 2010). Here we examined the interactive effects of legitimacy and stability of power differences at an interpersonal
level, and found that under power instability, legitimacy did not alter the creativity of highpower individuals. Under power
stability, however, more creative insights were achieved when power was legitimate rather than illegitimate. Implications
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