Creativity is a leadership quality that should be an essential part of the job description. Leaders may not need to be creative themselves, but they need to understand key elements of the creative process.
P B Narendra Kiran M.B.A., M.Phil., (Ph.D.)
Department of Management Studies
Various streams of organizational research have examined the
relationship between creativity and leadership, such as “creative
leadership”, “leading for creativity and innovation”.
Problem solving is the act of defining a problem; determining the
cause of the problem; identifying, prioritizing, and selecting
alternatives for a solution; and implementing a solution.
The section demonstrates the Roles and Principles of Creative Leadership.
... It is within the rules and the structure that new forms emerge
9 Rules of Creative Leadership
Employing creative leadership-building strategies, such as continuing education,
relying on trusted teammates, developing thought leadership, reflection, taking
scheduled time out to develop creativity skills, leaning on mentors, and just having fun
with peers, are essential in the journey to becoming a successful.
Developing Creative Leaders
Creative leadership is a philosophy and an act: it develops and realizes innovative ideas
through the shared ambition of improving the world through enterprise formation.
Those who employ creative leadership do so by forging an environment that
promotes innovative thinking and mission-driven entrepreneurship.
Creative leadership as a philosophy embraces change as a given while seeking
opportunity everywhere. It envisions desirable futures and unleashes the courage,
collaboration and creativity of contributors. Through a generous, inclusive purpose
deeply rooted in pragmatic idealism and empathy, it gives rise to a transcendent
consciousness that goes beyond individual gratification.
Creative leadership as an act builds on those desirable futures through scalable derived
from innovative strategies. Creativity, critical analysis, experimentation, big vision,
collaboration, bold action, calculated risk taking, agility and hard work all drive
participative value and serve the triple (planet, people, profit).
Creativity and innovation are
the most crucial skills for
21st Century leadership.
Creative Leadership not only
incorporates moral values,
but inspirational influence
Creative leadership as a
philosophy embraces change
As a given while seeking
Role of Creative Leaders
The role of a creative leader is not
to have all the ideas; it’s to
create a culture where everyone can
have ideas and feel that they're
Creativity in Leadership: the
ability to transcend traditional
ideas, rules, patterns,
relationships, and to create
meaningful ideas, forms,
etc. “Innovation is the result
of creativity untethered by
Creativity is a critical leadership
skill because if we don’t harness
new ideas then we’ll stagnate. In
order to achieve creative change
we have to disrupt the status quo.
We have to do things differently
and break free from business as
Organizations are made up of diverse people with preferences
for different types of thinking. Some people will have a natural
love for the creative process. They have a preference
for Conceptual thinking; they’ll bring great big-picture,
visionary energy to your team.
Developing Your Critical Leadership Skills: Creativity
Creative leaders have the ability to look at things in new ways and solve
problems by seeing things others don’t. Synonyms of creativity include
words like inventiveness, imagination, innovation, vision,
progressiveness, originality, and resourcefulness just to name a few. All
of these are characteristics of successful creative leaders who are
changing our world today. The role of creativity in leadership is vital to
any organizations survival in the ever-changing business and cultural
climate that exists today.
EXPERTISE MOTIVATION SKILLS CREATIVITY
C R E AT I V E
L E A D E R S H I P
9 Rules of Creative Leadership
It’s not about your
creativity. It’s about your
Identify strengths and
weaknesses on your team
You don’t need to be creative.
But you need to Understand
Trust your People
Make Ideas come true
Advantages of Creative Leadership
Creative leadership helps
companies by opening up
new opportunities for
problem solving and
growth that more
would not allow for. New
perspectives on problems
from a creative approach
can lead to new and
When leaders approach goals
from a creative point of view,
they gain the ability to reach
goals more easily. A creative
leader sees unique paths to
reach these goals. Whether it
is how to increase profit or
expand product offerings, the
creative leader has the ability
to map out a path to reach
new levels of success that
other leaders within the
company can’t see.
As companies grow and
processes change over time,
lower-level staff can often
feel ostracized or forgotten.
Creative leadership presents
a number of opportunities
to remedy this mindset by
traditional techniques and
ideas to include people and
teams into the company’s
In order to thrive, a company
must grow, adapt, and create
its own path to success.
Creative leaders embrace
unlikely and unpopular
perspectives allow for new
and exciting avenues to be
revealed, which can be used
to devise new and exciting
changes to help the company
thrive and grow.
Problem Solving Achieving Growth
Mentoring Teams in
perspective in business
Creative leadership drives
productivity and fosters
success in a company.
Creativity is one of the
most important qualities of
a modern business leader.
Creativity itself is the
abandonment of rigid
structures, a very desirable
trait for individuals in
leadership positions to
have in a corporate setting.
Creativity Is the Most
Important Leadership Quality
In 2010, IBM surveyed 1,500 corporate heads and public sector leaders on
what drives them in managing their companies in today’s world. They
found that creativity was ranked the most important leadership quality for
success in business, outweighing integrity and global thinking.
5 Ways to develop Creative Leaders
Help them develop self-
Allow them to
Support their intellectual
Encourage them to embrace
Challenge them to
develop an innovation
Strategies for growing as a Creative Leader
Rely on the team &
Allow them to grow
time to be Creative 5
The exponential increase in change, which appears amplified in the
sciences and technology, will result in greater levels of both ambiguity
and chaos for organizations and communities. Therefore, for leaders to
be most effective and successful, whether in positions of power or as
self-directed/self-governing entities, they must be able to successfully
manage change processes and resolve the complex problems generated
by an almost constant evolution of ideas and needs