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In this study we added to the literature on leader–member exchange (LMX) and employee creativity by focusing on the mediating role of Zhongyong thinking in this relationship. We collected data from 295 employees at a state-owned manufacturing company in China, using a paper-and-pencil survey. Structural equation modeling was used to examine the hypotheses. Results show that both LMX and Zhongyong thinking were positively related to employee creativity, and Zhongyong thinking partially mediated this relationship. Our findings show the importance of both LMX and Zhongyong thinking in facilitating employee creativity, and provide a practical guide to enhance employee creativity.