Brokerage and Creative Leadership
While prior conceptions of creative leadership focus on Facilitating and Directing others’ creativity, research on Integrative creative leadership highlights the interplay between guiding and eliciting creative ideas from others, while also integrating differing perspectives and interests—including one’s own. Integration demands subtle negotiation, while also maintaining the creative energy and commitment necessary to co-create and implement novel outcomes. This chapter brings insights from research on creative brokerage in networks to illuminate the challenges inherent to Integrative creative leadership and how Integrative creative leaders can use their brokerage role to respond. The chapter offers a theoretical framework for understanding the process and practice of Integrative creative leadership and details opportunities for future research.