Developing leaders for creative efforts: A domain-based approach to leadership development

Michael D. Mumford, Samuel Todd Hunter, Dawn L. Eubanks, Katrina E. Bedell, Stephen T. Murphy

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As we move into the 21st century, innovation, sustained innovation, has become a critical determinant of organizational success and survival. Although we know much about potential influences on innovation, little is known about the actions that should be taken to develop the people who must lead these efforts. In the present paper, we present a model of the capacities and capabilities people need to lead creative efforts. A selection, optimization, and compensation model is used to specify the kind of interventions that might provide a basis for developing these capacities and capabilities. The implications of these observations are discussed with respect to both the relevance of available leadership development techniques and the unique needs of people asked to lead creative efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-417
Number of pages16
JournalHuman Resource Management Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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