Those who allow themselves to be challenged and changed will be the new creative leaders of the next period of history.
The disciplines of creativity and leadership require freedom from the limitations that stem from our undeveloped, unexamined selves.
You cannot be creative if you are continuously second-guessing yourself, consumed by concern about other’s opinions or stifled by perfectionism. It just doesn’t work that way. And the same goes for leadership.
To do either effectively demands agility, flexibility, exploration and the ego strength that only comes from robust self-awareness.
Creative leadership, then, exists when the leader engages the team in an open and ongoing conversation about what is working, what is not, where we are going and what we can do to get there.
Creative leadership, then, requires a dedicated effort to normalize change as the best friend of our future effectiveness.
When we celebrate our freedom, the independence gained from breaking old constraints, we are also called to celebrate the opportunity to be stewards of a new creation.