creativity and innovation drive competitiveness in the 21st century enterprises. dynamic hyper-intensive competitive markets demand widespread innovations from all employees in most global enterprises. leaders influence and set the contextual environments under which their employees express creativity. this paper will examine how different leadership models relate with individual creativity. it is noted that the mindful consciousness of individuals, including their leaders, play significant roles in the individuals' creativity. this exploratory research study first defines creativity and individual creativity, and then examines the five different orientations of leaders' influences on the individuals' creativity. in conclusion, selected managerial and educational implications are suggested.