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Using Creative Techniques in Leadership Learning and Development: An Introduction

Edwards, Gareth; Elliott, Carole; Iszatt-White, Marian; Schedlitzki, Doris


Gareth Edwards
Professor of Leadership and Community Studies

Carole Elliott

Marian Iszatt-White

Doris Schedlitzki


© 2015, © The Author(s) 2015. The Problem Leadership development programs have become prolific in organizations in both the public and private sectors, with new initiatives endlessly being developed. Empirical and conceptual work that challenges some of the mainstream approaches to leadership learning and development has led to initiatives increasingly becoming complex in nature and to the use of innovative and unusual approaches. There is limited knowledge, however, regarding the impact of such techniques. The Solution This issue focuses on some core themes around enabling and enacting leadership development in organizations through creative techniques using art, poetry, symbolism, theater, drama, and film, and is rooted in experiences of delivering such interventions in a range of countries, sectors, and professions. Each article explores how these techniques can be translated into practice across a wide of variety leadership learning and development contexts and is rooted in the contemporary and critical leadership literature. The Stakeholders Human resource development professionals seeking to identify key considerations in selecting creative techniques for effective leadership learning and development interventions, and academics advising on such selections and teaching leadership themselves, will be interested in these articles, which will also set the basis for further empirical research and theoretical reflection on the topic.


Edwards, G., Elliott, C., Iszatt-White, M., & Schedlitzki, D. (2015). Using Creative Techniques in Leadership Learning and Development: An Introduction. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 17(3), 279-288.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Advances in Developing Human Resources
Print ISSN 1523-4223
Electronic ISSN 1552-3055
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 3
Pages 279-288
Keywords leadership learning, creative techniques
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