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: 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.
- 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.