SOTA Review

Leading for Creativity and Innovation: A Review of the Current Evidence

ERC SOTA Review No 48

Associated Themes
  • Innovation

Creativity and innovation can be critical drivers of an organisation’s performance. As organisations increasingly shift to automation, a trend accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it will become more important that the creative potential of employees is developed and supported. In many respects, leaders are key drivers of organisational behaviour. For example, they are instrumental in setting strategy and initiating and implementing change. At lower levels, they are critical in motivating their team members giving structure to the work and creating a positive team climate. In this light, leaders also have an important role to play in creativity and innovation. Leadership of creativity and innovation is different to leading ‘standard’ performance. This SOTA Review explores the latest research on leading for creativity and innovation, making suggestions for leaders and identifying knowledge gaps.