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The definition of creativity is, “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, and method.” This shows why it’s important to be a creative leader. If you want to influence your people and organization to a better future then it’s going to require creativity. Here are
4 ways to become more creative:
Think– If you take time to think it will begin to spark your creativity. This is because you will have time to consider and think about new solutions, “ideas”, and “methods” which then can be applied to what you’re leading. The practice of thinking is often uncommon among leaders in today’s society. However, it is important for leaders to take time to think because it allows them to be more creative and successful.
Write– Taking time to write down your ideas and thoughts is important. Doing this allows you to capture your creativity on paper. A beneficial exercise to creative writing is to free write. This is a time set aside to write down your ideas and thoughts. Start by writing about anything that comes to mind and then, as you write, your creativity will start coming through. You will begin to come up with new ideas, thoughts, and solutions.
Association– Every leader should have the habit of spending time with creative people. You become like the people you spend time with. As you spend more time with creative people you will find their creativity starts rubbing off on you.
Develop– Being more creative is something anyone can learn and develop. This happens when a person is intentional about reading, listening, and attending conferences where the topic of creativity is discussed. If you want to become a more creative leader then you should set up a plan to develop your creativity.
If a leader applies these 4 areas into their life they will be better equipped to solve problems, create more and better products, and generate more ideas.
Question: What are some other ways a leader can develop their creativity?