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Creative Leadership

Creative Leadership
Skills That Drive Change

Second Edition

December 2010 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Creative Leadership: Skills That Drive Change demonstrates how creative thinking is an essential element of leadership, especially when bringing about change. In this engaging book, the authors provide a unique combination of conceptual arguments, practical principles, and proven tools to enhance future leaders' effectiveness in creating and managing change.

Key Features:

- Intimately connects leadership and creativity: Leadership is now characterized as the catalyst for change, while creative thinking is the process that leads to change. This is the first book to make an explicit and elaborate conceptual link between creativity and leadership.

- Utilizes the Creative Problem Solving process: This book explores the more than 50 years of Creative Problem Solving (CPS) research and application. While other books focus on creative thinking and CPS, this is the first to offer a philosophical position that is then followed up with specific principles and procedures that leaders can employ to deliberately enhance their effectiveness in creating and managing change.

- Promotes "deliberate creativity": The authors are all faculty at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State—State University of New York, internationally renowned as a leading authority on the topic of Creative Problem Solving. Their rich experience encourages students to take a proactive approach toward the production of novel and useful ideas that address a predicament or opportunity.

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

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
May 20, 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
October 24, 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
February 2, 2016

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

unsuitable for unit

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

Gerard J. Puccio

Gerard J. Puccio is the Department Chair and Professor in the Department for Creativity and Change Leadership, SUNY-Buffalo State. Dr. Puccio has written more than 60 articles, chapters and books. His most recent book titled Organizational Creativity and Innovation: A Personal Journey for Innovators and Entrepreneurs (2018 by Sage Press), highlights the crucial role creativity plays in an economy driven by innovation. Prior to this publication, Dr. Puccio co-authored The Innovative Team, published by Jossey-Bass, a fable about a team that was able to apply proven creative-thinking tools to turn around a dysfunctional and unproductive... More About Author

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Mary C. Murdock

 Mary C. Murdock was an Associate Professor and graduate faculty member at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, where she taught graduate courses and supervised master’s work. Through her career, Dr. Murdock was involved in international work, including work as a guest lecturer on qualitative research in the Cognitive Psychology Unit of the University of Bergen and in teaching Creative Problem Solving courses at international schools in five countries (Colombia, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, China, Malaysia). Her publications included two texts: Creative Problem Solving and Role Playing,... More About Author

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