Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Sharon Timberlake PhD

Second Advisor

Dan Jenkins PhD

Keywords

creativity, leadership, innovation, organizations, Leadership and Organizational Studies

Abstract

Leadership creativity can inspire organizations to innovate and to compete in the global marketplace. There are many forms of leadership that can produce such passion, but transformational leadership is well suited for today's corporations. Transformational leadership creates a vision and cohesion that drives organizational culture. This quantitative study of the Army National Guard examines leadership creativity within its corporate culture. The Army National Guard is not known for its leadership creativity and there are few studies examining this phenomenon. This study collects quantitative data from active duty personnel to gain direct insight into leadership creativity and its effects on innovation. The Army National Guard needs to develop, grow, and innovate to compete on the world stage. Transformational leadership fosters an autonomous environment that inspires followers to create solutions and methods through personal motivation. This quantitative study offers compelling evidence for the transformational leadership style and its effects on creative development within the Army National Guard.

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