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Leadership skills and the role of adaptability and creativity in effective leadership: A literature review geared toward an integrative model

Holtkamp, Mark (2014) Leadership skills and the role of adaptability and creativity in effective leadership: A literature review geared toward an integrative model.

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Abstract:Leadership has traditionally been seen as a trait-based and genetically inherited construct. However, contemporary literature proposes that effective leadership is based also on skill, as a mediator of traits and effective leadership. This literature review analyzes the relatively scant literature on effective leader skills. We do so in order to seek which relationship exists between leader traits, skills and effective leadership. Also, given that adaptability and creativity are known to be essential for organizational performance and survival, we analyze which effect creativity and adaptability have on the relationship between skills and effective leadership. By integrating the literature on leadership skills, and an emphasis on creativity and adaptability, we create a new effective leader-skills model. We conclude this literature review with the idea that leader traits, training and experience influence the level of skill an individual can acquire. Also, we conclude that skill in solving organizational problems constitutes effective leadership and that traits can be seen as just one cause of an individual leader’s level of creativity and adaptability, both of which moderate the relationship between skill and effective leadership: by enabling an individual to use their skill effectively in helping to solve novel and complex organizational and follower problems.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65422
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