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 7: Leadership’s role in creative climate creation

Scott G. Isaksen

Abstract

This chapter makes some important distinctions among the concepts of work environment, organizational culture, and climate. It presents a comprehensive model to help outline how leaders can shape a work environment that supports creativity and innovation. Nine dimensions of the climate for creativity that leaders can affect directly are defined, and research that illustrates how each influences climate and creative performance is summarized. Illustrative behavioral suggestions for leaders are provided for each dimension. Twelve other organizational factors that leaders can affect indirectly are also defined and reviewed. A few illustrative actions are provided that leaders can take to influence each of these factors. The chapter closes with six high-level suggestions for how leaders might apply these suggestions.

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