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 12: Transformational leadership and follower creativity: A review of underlying mechanisms and boundary conditions

Kathrin Rosing


Transformational leadership has been discussed as one of the most important leadership styles influencing follower creativity. However, recently, doubts have also been voiced that question the perfect match between transformational leadership and creativity. In this chapter, the author reviews the extant literature on transformational leadership and creativity with a focus on underlying mechanisms and boundary conditions in order to establish a more comprehensive understanding of how and when transformational leadership impacts follower creativity. Although research has been prospering in the last two decades, there are still important questions that need to be answered. Therefore, she suggests several avenues for future research, especially concerning the theoretical foundations of transformational leadership and a more differentiated analysis of the impact of transformational leadership on follower creativity.

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