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Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity

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This study explored the problem solving styles of individuals in leadership positions in an attempt to identify whether specific problem solving preferences existed among leaders. The results indicated that in this organization the leadership team did exhibit a preference toward the Ideator style of problem solving. In addition to identifying problem solving preferences of leaders, this study also attempted to support other research (Mann 2003) and ascertain whether problem solving is a component of leadership. According to the results of the study and related literature, evidence supports the theory that creative problem solving is an important component of leadership and that it can be enhanced by training (Wheeler 2001). This study demonstrates its significance as there are various benefits an organization or an individual may gain by understanding problem-solving preferences. For example, organizations can align similar or different styles when creating workforce teams, demands of specific positions may be examined and compared against individual preferences, and personal/professional development may include awareness to preferences as well as provide recommendations on improving areas of weakness and sensitivity to other styles. Overall, “people should become aware of their Creative Problem Solving preferences so they can better understand their strengths and weaknesses when solving problems creatively” (Puccio, 1999 p. 172).