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Creative Leadership

Creative Leadership
Skills That Drive Change

Second Edition

December 2010 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Creativity—today's most important leadership skill

Successful leadership today relies heavily on an individual's ability to effectively respond to and proactively drive change—in short, to be creative. This book helps readers enhance their creative talents and employ these skills as a leader, providing a concrete set of principles and procedures based in creativity that, once internalized, will forever change how we lead.

Chapter 1: Change, Leadership, and Creativity: The Powerful Connection
Chapter 2: Creative Problem Solving: A Framework for Creative Leadership
Chapter 3: Creative Leadership: The Foundational Skills for Creative Problem Solving
Chapter 4: Creative Leadership: The Cognitive and Affective Skill Base for Creative Problem Solving
Chapter 5: Transforming Your Thinking: Developing a Creative Mindset
Chapter 6: Assessing the Situation: Tools for Diagnostic Thinking
Chapter 7: Exploring the Vision: Tools for Visionary Thinking
Chapter 8: Formulating Challenges: Tools for Strategic Thinking
Chapter 9: Exploring Ideas: Tools for Ideational Thinking
Chapter 10: Formulating Solutions: Tools for Evaluative Thinking
Chapter 11: Exploring Acceptance: Tools for Contextual Thinking
Chapter 12: Formulating a Plan: Tools for Tactical Thinking
Chapter 13: Psychological Diversity: Leading People with Different Creativity Styles
Chapter 14: Building a Climate for Creativity: How Leadership Sets the Tone

Introduces some worthwhile concepts and frameworks that could help future entrepreneurs

Mr Craig Andrew Busby
Business Law, City of Oxford College
December 14, 2022

Creative Leadership helps the reader getting a better understanding of the way in which creative processes can be supported through communicative actions. It presents important frameworks and allows the reader to create an understanding of how to work with and have an effect on individuals, teams and organisational processes for achieving creative outcomes.

Dr Sven-Ove Horst
Department of Media & Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam
September 9, 2019

Great text book. Combines theory and praxis very well. Very pleased with this text book and will keep using.

Mr Kim Moller
Business Administration , Royal Roads University
March 4, 2016

excellent book for my MSc class on leadership and innovation

Dr Dimitrios Spyridonidis
Accounting , Warwick Business School
October 11, 2016

I am going to adopt this book as recommended reading for students in the third year of a Bsc. in Engineering, following a module in professional skills with emphasis in leadership, creativity and problem solving

Dr Paco Guzman
International Business School, Hanze University
October 26, 2015

Not as centered around Leadership and Change as needed.

Professor Ron Mitchell
School of Professional Studies, Western Kentucky University
June 10, 2015

Very good book. Students have been enjoying the book and the activitiess

Dr Anthony Koyzis
Educational Studies , University of Nicosia
March 5, 2015

Other texts are better fit for the course.

Professor Kevin Maifeld
Fine Arts Dept, Seattle University
February 18, 2015

Choose a different book that you had on leadership (Northouse, 9781452203409).

Professor Eric Kinnamon
Economics Business Dept, Berea College
May 20, 2014

Excellent text, we have used it as an essential reading for the Perspectives of Creative leadership module for the last 3 years

Dr Natalia Vershinina
Department of Strategic Management and Marketing, De Montfort University
November 21, 2013
Key features

Key features

  • Demonstrates that creativity is a process that leads to change and shows how leaders help individuals and organizations grow by deliberately facilitating productive change
  • Utilizes the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process to provide the thinking skills – diagnostic, visionary, strategic, ideational, evaluative, contextual, and tactical – and procedures that leaders can use to enhance their effectiveness in creating and managing change
  • Offers case studies to demonstrate the Creative Problem Solving process in action, with specific focus given to becoming a creative change leader, building a creative culture, and fostering a creative climate.

New to the Second Edition

  • Includes an expanded discussion of the important role creativity plays in leadership, and how the concept of creative leadership fits into emerging views of leaders
  • Provides a more extensive account of the skills necessary to be an effective creative leader, and discussion of how the concepts of management, creative management, and creative leadership differ
  • Presents a broader range of historical and contemporary examples, including Google, Blockbuster, General Motors, and McDonalds, to illustrate important aspects of creative leadership
  • Offers enhanced graphics throughout to bring CPS to life visually, including a clear representation of the Thinking Skills Model that is central to CPS

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