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 2: Leader planning skills and creative performance: Integration of past, present, and future

Michael D. Mumford, Logan M. Steele, Tyler J. Mulhearn, Tristan McIntosh and Logan L. Watts

Abstract

Although, traditionally, planning has not been seen to be critical to the success of creative efforts, more recent studies indicate that leader planning may, in fact, prove crucial. In this chapter, the authors argue that leaders must work with expertise to craft adaptive plans that allow opportunities for creativity to emerge. They examine the skills leaders need to work with expertise in planning, stressing the importance of scanning, causal analysis, forecasting, and sensemaking. The implications of these observations for the selection and development of those asked to lead creative efforts are discussed.

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