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What connects leadership and creativity? The mechanisms through which leaders may influence follower and team creativity

Chapter in book
Authors Leif Denti
Sven Hemlin
Published in Creativity and Leadership in Science, Technology, and Innovation
Pages 58-81
ISBN 978-0-415-83484-1
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication New York
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 58-81
Language en
Links www.routledge.com/books/details/978...
Keywords Leadership, creativity, innovation
Subject categories Applied Psychology

Abstract

Leadership is vital to creativity and successful innovation in groups and organizations; leadership is however seldom studied in the academic literature as a creativity driver. One reason for the lack of attention paid to leadership’s effect on creativity may be the common belief that creativity cannot and should not be managed. Creative individuals and groups are regarded as, and indeed often are, autonomous and self-driving. From this belief the erroneous conclusion is drawn that there is no need for leadership in creative environments and situations. The better conclusion, proposed by this book, is that leadership not only stimulates creativity, but that such a leadership in the science, technology, and innovation fields should specifically possess at least two features: a) expertise in the field(s), and b) an ability to create, support, and encourage individuals, groups, and creative knowledge environments.

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