Why companies shouldn’t fear creative leaders

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In a business climate that increasingly requires businesses to grow by innovation, company mindsets that peg creative individuals as being unfocused or quirky need to change, according to management professor Jennifer Mueller, author of a new leadership study published by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Creative individuals aren’t always thought of as effective leaders,  the study reports. Instead, those who “would preserve the status quo by sticking with feasible, but relatively unoriginal solutions” are often seen as better candidates for leadership than their more open-minded colleagues, the paper said. “Many companies want to be creative and they just don’t know what they are doing wrong,” Mueller said. Perhaps it’s time for a new leadership approach, she said.

— Hallie Busta

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