13 A Curatorial Metaphor for Creative Leadership

Robert C. Litchfield and Lucy L. Gilson


The technical hierarchy was so dominant that managers sometimes complained that they didn’t get enough credit, because “everyone here acts like being a good designer is all that matters, like nothing else matters,” even though they need us desperately.

(Sutton & Hargadon, 1996: 705)

A key challenge for many creative leaders is how to resolve the tension they often face when promoting the creative work of others while, at the same time, also being creative themselves. The tension between letting others’ ideas take the spotlight, but not at the expense of your contribution is a real one for many creative leaders. Hence, for the last 40 plus years, ...

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