Research on Creativity and Leadership
Developed by Dr. Gary Waddell, the materials in this section are short resources on creativity and creative leadership for use by arts educators and leaders. They each distill a theme in the literature as it applies to leadership practice, or to tools that focus on creativity and creative leadership. They are intended to be used as “plug and play” types of materials to illustrate concepts in professional learning, or presentations, or during collaborative meeting time.
Heart of Creativity— Creative Research Briefs
One-pagers on a variety of key concepts from the literature on creativity. The documents include a description, reflection prompts, as well as linked resources for further reading.
Creative Leadership Briefs
One-pagers on core principles of creative leadership. The resources include a brief description, some helpful tips and principles of practice, reflection prompts, and resources for further reading.
Creative leaders view failure as necessary for creativity and innovation to flourish.
Brainstorming — Rules of the Road
Applying some simple principles when brainstorming can make all the difference!
Arts as a Lever for Creative Decision-Making
Engaging teams in arts-based activities encourages relationship-building, collaboration, and creative thinking.
Creative leadership requires a bold, ambitious vision around a just cause.
Building Dynamic, Creative Teams
The creative leader doesn’t go at it alone. Creative teams are necessary for organizational transformation.
Resources explaining three tools/modules for creative leadership developed by Dr. Gary Waddell including “The Ladder of Creative Leadership,” “The Four-Square Model of Creative Decision-Making,” and “The CREATE Model of Creative, Equitable System and Schools”
The Ladder of Creative Leadership
The Four-Square Model of Creative Decision-Making
The CREATE Model of Creative, Equitable System and Schools
Dr. Gary Waddell is an author, educational leader, and has served as a county office of education and district administrator in California. He has served in a variety of leadership roles and began his training and career in the arts. His recent book, The Art of Everything: Leading for We in the Age of Me, highlights his model of creative leadership that is built on empathy, humility, creativity, and equity. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.