Are You a Creative Leader?

From Business Week Magazine: “According to a new survey of 1,500 chief executives conducted by IBM’s Institute for Business Value, CEOs identify ‘creativity’ as the most important leadership competency for the successful enterprise of the future.”  Talk to many leaders I’ve worked with over the years about the most important leadership competency, and you’ll usually hear about financial expertise, organizational skill, or motivational ability. But the truth is – especially during this disruptive economy today, creativity is more and more in demand.

And remember – we’re all born creative. Just show me a little kid who isn’t creative. But somewhere around school-age, for most people those creative instincts start to recede.

If you’re a leader, start tapping into your creative side once again. Management expertise, financial acumen, vision – all those things are important, but to answer the challenges we face today, creativity is becoming more and more valuable (read: critical.)

We live in a design driven culture, where technology is shifting the traditional rules of doing business. New times demand new approaches, and the creative leader will be the one who refuses to get stuck in old thinking, will challenge the status quo, and never defend bad ideas with lines like, “Well, that’s the way we’ve always done it.”

What are you doing today to be the creative force you need to be for tomorrow?

 

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