Leadership has been around in one form or the other, since the time of early nomads. Over the century, there have been drastic changes, namely the digital space and technology, that has called out for a logical re-visit. Many effective leaders are inculcating creative leadership practices in their organizations. What does it mean to be a creative leader? How does this change the control and power dynamics? Can cracking 'creative leadership' code could mean you are the best leader that the team/organization has ever had?
As a leader, you
While these are usual traits of any leader, what makes one a creative leader? Let’s investigate
Jason Coudriet in his blog highlights three imperative questions that you, as a leader must always know about your team or organization
Creative leadership focuses on these three questions institutively. Here are some of the pointers which can make one a creative leader
In short, creative leaders are those who harness the creativity around them. They lead the team from within through transparency, authenticity and accountability. These creative leaders have in their team, employees who often have viewpoints that oppose their ideas. It shows a culture where the leader is ready to have discussions and put the management over themselves. Often the cultures set by these leaders encourage feedbacks, and powers ideas and experimentation.
Through creative leadership, one can observe the most important aspect that differentiates it from traditional leadership, that is, control. In the case of a traditional leader, they are the only ones who are in charge of all activities. Everything has to go through them. While these checks reduced the possibility of errors, it conveys a culture of authoritarianism. It might have served well in the era where profits were the main aim of a business. However today, we focus on impact, creativity and innovation more. As Aaron Dignan said in his book, ‘Brave New Work’, the world that we are at right now has changed. There is a need for leaders to lead with transparency, social pressure, and responsibility. It effectively changes leadership styles to be more open, encouraging and participating. So that brings us to, are you a creative leader?