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date: 02 April 2020

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During the last couple of decades, there has been a surge of interest in the literature on workplace creativity regarding the relationship between leadership and employee creativity. In particular, leadership and creativity scholars have conducted extensive research on the roles of supportive, transformational and empowerment leadership, as well as leader–member exchange, in boosting employee creativity. Despite such efforts, however, our understanding of the relationship between leadership and employee creativity is far from complete. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a review of the mechanisms by which leadership has influence on creativity. The author asserts the importance of understanding such mechanisms for further theoretical and practical improvement in this area of research and guidance for future studies is provided.

Keywords: employee creativity, innovation, leadership, creativity mechanisms

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