Handbook of Research on Leadership and Creativity
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Handbook of Research on Leadership and Creativity

Edited by Michael D. Mumford and Sven Hemlin

The rapid pace of technological change and globalization of products, competition and services have conspired to place a new premium on innovation for firms across the world. Although many variables influence creativity and innovation, the effective leadership of creative teams has proved especially important. This timely Handbook presents the state of the art for what leaders must do to lead creative teams and how they should do it.
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Chapter 19: Leadership and creativity in military contexts

Shane Connelly and Stephen J. Zaccaro

Abstract

Today’s armed forces around the world operate in complex, dynamic, and often dangerous geopolitical contexts. Military and civilian scholars alike have identified implications these challenging environments have for the nature of modern day warfare and, consequently, the need for identifying leadership paradigms enabling military leaders to respond adaptively to a wide range of strategic, operational, and tactical challenges. The creative capacity of leaders and their followers has become increasingly important in military leadership contexts. This chapter reviews the literature on creativity and leadership as it pertains to military contexts, focusing on creative attributes and behavior of leaders themselves and on leaders as facilitators of individual follower and team creativity. Suggestions for advancing the research on creativity and leadership in military contexts are offered.

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