Creative Change Leadership


Positive Leadership in Project Management


By Frank P. Saladis PMP, LIMC, PMI Fellow

New York, NY, USA

Creative Change Leadership, a relatively new approach to the challenges of today’s businesses, has become necessary to deal with what the members of the business community refer to as the VUCA World – Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity. The term, or acronym “VUCA” has become part of the vocabulary of many project management practitioners, especially those who are focused on AGILE methods and techniques, and it has evolved from a corporate “buzzword” to a leadership mindset and a new way of thinking.

“VUCA is more than a buzzword! It is a way of thinking and approaching
solutions to the problems of our digital and dynamic world.”

Waltraud GlaeserVUCA Expert

According to VUCAworld.org, the term has been further defined as:

V – Vison

U – Understanding

C- Clarity

A – Adaptability and Agility.

These four words make up the very foundation of strong leadership and the need to be adaptive and instill a culture of agility within an organization is essential for organizational success.

Gaia Grant, author of the article “The Creative Change Leader: Dealing with the complexities of the future,” states that Creative Change Leadership is a relatively new approach that has been studied by Dr Gerard Puccio – International Centre of Studies in Creativity at the State University of New York. This type of leadership is described by Dr. Puccio and a team of colleagues as “the ability to deliberately engage one’s imagination to define and guide a group towards a novel goal—a direction that is new for the group.

“Deliberately engage one’s imagination.” The challenge here is for the leader to not only engage his or her imagination, but to create an environment where everyone in the organization is engaging and using their imagination and creativity to add value and contribute to the continued success of the organization.

Engaging the imagination is not as easy as it sounds. Most people in business are deeply involved in daily issues, managing changes, and dealing with unplanned events and problems and they just don’t’ have the time to be creative and imaginative. Many decisions are made without much thought and the quickest solution to a problem is often selected. The missed opportunities resulting from the “jumping to solutions” technique are immeasurable.


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Editor’s note: This article is one in a series on Positive Leadership in Project Management by Frank Saladis, PMP, PMI Fellow, popular speaker and author of books on leadership in project management published by Wiley and IIL in the United States. Frank is widely known as the originator of the International Project Management Day, the annual celebrations and educational events conducted each November by PMI members, chapters and organizations around the world.

How to cite this work: Saladis, F. (2022). Creative Change Leadership; Positive Leadership in Project Management, series article. PM World Journal, Vol. XI, Issue X, October. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/pmwj122-Oct2022-Saladis-creative-change-leadership-series-article.pdf

 About the Author

Frank P. Saladis

New York, USA


Frank P. Saladis, PMP, LIMC, PMI Fellow is a Consultant and Instructor / Facilitator within the project management profession and has over 35 years of experience in the IT, Telecom Installation and IT Project Management training environment. He is a senior consultant and trainer for the International Institute For Learning Inc. and has been involved in the development of several project management learning programs. Mr. Saladis has held the position of Project Manager for AT&T Business Communications Systems, National Project Manager for AT&T Solutions Information Technology Services and was a member of Cisco Systems Professional Services Project Management Advocacy Organization. His responsibilities included the development of Project Management Offices (PMO) and the development of internal training programs addressing project management skills and techniques.

He is a Project Management Professional and has been a featured presenter at the Project Management Institute ® Annual Symposiums, Project World, PMI World Congress, CMMA, and many PMI Chapter professional development programs. He is a past president of the PMI New York City Chapter and a Past-President of the PMI ® Assembly of Chapter Presidents. Mr. Saladis is a Co-Publisher of the internationally distributed newsletter for allPM.com, a project management information portal, and a contributor to the allPM.com project management website.

Mr. Saladis is the originator of International Project Management Day and has written numerous leadership and project management related articles. Mr. Saladis is also the author of the Project Management Workbook and PMP ® / CAPM ® Exam Study Guide that supplements Dr. Harold Kerzner’s textbook – Project Management, A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling?, 9th Edition published by John Wiley & Sons and the author of Positive Leadership in Project Management, published by IIL Publishing. He is a member of the International Executive Guild and the NRCC Business Advisory Council. He has also held the position of Vice President of Education for the Global Communications Technology Specific Interest Group of PMI ® and holds a Master’s Certificate in Commercial Project Management from the George Washington University. Mr. Saladis received the prestigious Lynn Stuckenbrook Person of the Year Award from the Project management Institute in 2006 for his contributions to the organization and to the practice of project management.  He can be contacted at saladispmp@msn.com

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