Entitlement and Deceit: The Cost of Creativity?

Creative employees who believe that creativity is a rare and valuable attribute have a greater sense of entitlement, according to a study set to appear in an upcoming issue of the Academy of Management Journal. That feeling of entitlement can in turn lead to more unethical behavior. 

"When individuals identified themselves as creative and believed that creativity was rare, entitlement emerged," said study co-author Lynne Vincent in a statement. "However, if individuals believed that creativity was common, that sense of entitlement and the dishonest acts were reduced."

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