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 18: Leadership and creativity in business

Daan van Knippenberg


An important role for leadership in business is to stimulate creativity and innovation. To take stock of the state of the science in this respect, the author reviews empirical research on leadership and creativity/innovation in business. This research can be grouped to pertain to transformational leadership; leader–member exchange (LMX), leader support and creative expectations; empowering leadership broadly defined; and an ecclectic category “other.” Key conclusions from this review include the problematic nature of the transformational leadership concept; the potential to integrate perspectives on LMX, support, and expectations for creativity; and the potential to integrate different approaches within the broadly defined domain of empowering leadership. Key mediating processes identified are those related to intrinsic motivation, support, and information integration.

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