Transformational leadership and creativity

Herman H.M. Tse, Neal M. Ashkanasy, Sabreen Kaur

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Although transformational leadership and creativity have been studied at different levels of analysis, limited research has yet to organize and synthesize the existing literature from a multilevel perspective. This chapter aims to address this gap by adopting the five-level model of emotions in the workplace (FLMEW) as a guiding framework to organize and analyze the research about the role of transformational leadership in creativity in organizations. Our chapter proceeds in five stages. In the first, we outline the background and importance of this research stream. Next, we provide a comprehensive definition of transformational leadership and creativity. Third, we review the underlying theories used in the literature to study the role of transformational leadership in the creativity process. Fourth, we introduce the FLMEW framework and analyze the existing research according to levels of the framework. Finally, we identify promising avenues for future research endeavor.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Organizational Creativity
Subtitle of host publicationLeadership, Interventions, and Macro Level Issues
EditorsRoni Reiter-Palmon, Sam Hunter
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780323918411
ISBN (Print)9780323984829
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Creativity
  • Multilevel
  • Transformational leadership

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