Cognitively Complex Leaders: How Principals Influence Organizational Learning Through Climate for Innovation

Rima’a Da’as*, Chen Schechter, Mowafaq Qadach

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Using an information-processing approach, the current innovative study examines a model for the prediction of organizational learning mechanisms (OLMs), linking school principals’ cognitive complexity and OLMs through the mediating effect of an innovative climate. The model was examined for three levels of principals’ cognitive complexity (high, intermediate, and low). Study participants were 131 principals and 1,279 teachers from 131 elementary schools in Israel. Results indicated that principals’ cognitive complexity promotes organizational learning mechanisms through a climate for innovation. The model with a high level of cognitive complexity showed a better fit to the data than those with intermediate (average) and low levels of cognitive complexity.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)322-344
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Research on Leadership Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 28 Feb 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The reserach was funded by the mofet institute, Israel.

Publisher Copyright:
© The University Council for Educational Administration 2022.


  • assumed similarity between opposites
  • climate for innovation
  • cognitive complexity
  • organizational learning mechanism
  • role construct repertory test


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