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 14: Collective leadership as a facilitator of innovation

Tamara L. Friedrich and Mingdong (Pauline) Zhong

Abstract

The collective leadership framework (Friedrich, Vessey, Schuelke, Ruark, & Mumford, 2009) suggests that a focal leader can collectively enact the leadership role through the selective use of others’ expertise, and this is facilitated by the development of the team’s network, facilitation of effective communication and an exchange of the leadership role with the team (Friedrich, Vessey, Schuelke, Mumford, Yammarino, & Ruark, 2014). In this chapter the authors propose that collective leadership may be particularly useful when teams face problems requiring creativity and innovation, and examine how each of these sets of collective leadership behaviors – network development, communication, and leader–-team exchange, can facilitate innovation.

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