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 13: Relational leadership and creativity: The effects of respectful engagement and caring on meaningfulness and creative work involvement

John Paul Stephens and Abraham Carmeli


The authors develop a theoretical model that explains why and how relational leadership, through the qualities of respectful engagement and caring, enhances individual creative work involvement. They delineate two pathways to thriving, which, in turn, fosters creative work involvement. The first elucidates the mechanisms by which mutually respectful engagement in the leader–follower relationship helps individuals to develop meaningfulness in working, whereas the second pathway illuminates how mutual caring in the leader–follower relationship helps individuals to develop meaningfulness at work. They suggest that both forms of meaningfulness enable employees to thrive (experience both aliveness and learning), thereby enhancing their creativity. Furthermore, they propose and help uncover motivational conditions that might enhance the linkages between relational leadership, meaningfulness, thriving, and creativity. In so doing, they contribute to the literature by providing a fine-grained theory of how mutual respectful engagement and caring in interactions across various roles and functions help individuals to more fully engage in creative efforts.

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