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For this Short Answer Assessment, you will respond to a series of short answer items which focus on leadership traits that foster creativity in the workplace. To inform your answers, you may use the articles linked below, any articles linked in the Activities pages of this competency, or any additional resources as long as you include a citation that allows others to locate the resource with your written response.

Readings:
Hamel, G. (2009, February). Moon shots for management. Harvard Business Review, 87(2), 91–98.
Tushman, M. L., Smith, W. K., & Binns, A. (2011, June). Spotlight on product innovation: The ambidextrous CEO. Harvard Business Review, 89(6), 74–80.

Instructions

Access the following to complete this Assessment:
• Leadership & Creativity Analysis Worksheet
• Short Answer Submission Form
• Academic Writing Expectations Checklist
You may also find it helpful to complete the “Leadership & Creativity Analysis Worksheet” as follows:
• In the first column, list 10 leadership traits that promote a culture for creativity and innovation in the workplace.
• In the second column, identify and describe one of the leaders featured in the readings who you admire for his or her ability to create an organizational climate where creativity and innovation flourish.
• Also in the second column, rate your admired leader on a scale of 1–10 on how well he or she exhibits each trait, where 10 represents the highest affinity with the trait and 1 the lowest affinity with the trait.
• Apply the same rating process to yourself. On a scale of 1–10, rate how well you exhibit each of the creative leadership traits. Indicate your ratings in the third column.
• Conduct a gap analysis. Compare the ratings you gave yourself with the ratings you gave to the leader you admire from the readings. In the fourth column, identify five “gap traits,” that have the greatest difference in ratings.
• Describe in detail a set of strategies you will use to close each of the five gaps. Be sure to discuss which measures you will use for determining if the strategies produced the desired results.

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Prompt 1
Identify and briefly describe 10 leadership traits that promote a culture for creativity and innovation in the workplace. (2 to 3 paragraphs along with citations.)
Your Response
The 10 leadership traits that would promote a culture for creativity and innovation in the workplace would include the
1. Forward looking nature of the leaders as this would take the organization (like that of USA today) to a higher level of success (Hamel, 2009).
2. It also requires depoliticizing of decision making, just as Tom Curley did to create a new channel of online publications where the culture of decision making in the two channels were totally different (Hamel, 2009).
3. The work environment requires the leaders to reduce the fear of employees and increase their trust such that they are more committed towards organizational objectives and going an extra mile (Hamel, 2009).
4. Retraining of the managerial minds as this would enable the manager’s deductive and analytical skills to be augmented by the systems’ thinking skills (Hamel, 2009).
5. The leaders should also provide some level of autonomy to the employees as this would help the employees to innovate and experiment their ideas to a greater good (Hamel, 2009).
6. Aiming for a higher purpose would take the organization to higher heights as the leader thinks out of the box to create innovations (Tushman, Smith, Binns, & Schulz, 2011).
7. Charisma of the leaders is a required trait that would motivate the employees to follow him and take initiatives to innovate on his lines of thought (Daft, 2014).
8. Developing an overarching identity would enable the leaders and their organizations to look forward and take the organizations farther even at times of crisis (Tushman et al., 2011).
9. Holding innovation tension at the top would enable the leaders to have responsibility for taking up new initiatives and innovations (Tushman et al., 2011).
10. Embracing inconsistency would allow the leaders to work on two different tracks or channels like Tom Curley of USA Today which enabled him to maintain traditional channel of publication and also expand online publication business (Tushman et al., 2011)....

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