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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

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Dr Pauline Loewenberger
other, University of Bedfordshire
May 9, 2013

Very good content on managing creativity, and development of creative leadership skills.

Dr Joseph Affholter
Entrepreneurship, Saginaw Valley State University
March 19, 2013

This book helps our students at undergrad level to appreciate the importance of leadership in today's organisations. The sound theoretical background marries very well the practical concepts considered.

Dr Margaret Mangion
Edward de Bono Institute, University of Malta
March 14, 2013

The book came much later as it was expected, so that the semester had already passed and we could not use this book.

Feedback for the book:
The book provides information on main principles for creativity and proposes tools to enhance it. It succeeds to build a good connection between the theory and its verification by modern empirical research.
The authors give sometimes very obvious information (like definitions of „what is process“ (p.50), „curiosity“ or „data“ (p.114))
The book presents interesting information on changing view of creativity, underlying the possibility to „learn“ creativity. At the end of the book several small case studies are provided. It would be better to integrate the case studies directly into the theoretical part.

Ms Maiia Deutschmann
Faculty of Business Admin and Economic, Viadrina European University
October 29, 2012

This textbook is a useful source for those who want to know -in practice- how to be a creative leader. It is valuable, simple in presenting the content and application exercises, thus it ensures learning.

Professor Hanan Alkorashy
College of Nursing, King Saud University
August 21, 2012

Contains a few really interesting chapters, and will be really useful as supplementary reading to the course

Ms Emma Stevens
Centre for Lifelong learning, Hull University
September 24, 2011

Very good book for the course. Students are using at least half of the chapters

Dr Natalia Vershinina
Department of Strategic Management and Marketing, De Montfort University
September 20, 2011

Good, with a broad approach, but a bit of a bias towards the idea that creativity is manageable within rational processes; at bit of a technological bias, so to speak.

Mr Mats Eklöf
Department of psychology, Göteborg University
September 8, 2011

Content and clarity of the tables within the book have created new ideas for lectures. The creativity and accessibilty of techniques makes this text highly recommended

Mr John Bartlett
Childcare, Haslingden Community Link and Children's Centre
May 27, 2011

Still in review.

Mr Michael Kingston
Business Management Program, American Graduate University
March 30, 2011
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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