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date: 20 February 2020

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The purpose of this chapter is to provide an extended consideration regarding the connection between Leader–Member Exchange (LMX) and employee creativity. Given that it is a relational-based mode of leadership, the LMX perspective should allow for the more dynamic social aspects surrounding the emergence of workplace creativity. The chapter explores some of the deeper issues as they relate to the LMX–creativity connection including potential mediators (self-efficacy, identity, motivation, sensemaking, and justice) by which LMX could shape creative engagement, when LMX may matter the most for creative efforts, how creativity may be relevant for LMX development, implications of LMX embeddedness for creativity, as well as ways in which LMX may be detrimental to employee creativity. Suggestions for future research are also provided.

Keywords: LMX, Creativity, Relations, Self-efficacy, Creativity motivation, Identity, Justice, Sensemaking, LMX development, LMX embeddedness

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