Ever since I was little kid I enjoyed creating things. As a kid I had a brown paper grocery bag filled with junk; this junk included things such as, empty milk jugs, empty paper towel rolls, a tube for a bike tire and other household trash. With these parts I wanted to create a jet pack. I thought it would be cool if I could create a jet pack and fly to wherever I wanted. Try as I could I never was able to create the jet back. Eventually I threw the bag away. Sometimes I wish I had the bag to try to make the jet pack I always dreamed of.
As I grew up I noticed another thing about myself. I was a leader, when I was in groups I would lead, in sports I would lead, I never thought much of naturally leading a group of people.
Being creative and a leader did not seem to mesh well in life. As I read articles on creativity, rarely do they talk about using creativity in leadership. When I read articles on leadership rarely do they talk about using leadership skills in creative endeavors and rarely talk about needing to be creative as a leader.
Up until recently I have tried to divide these two characteristics I have. I even created a pseudonym for my creative work. I thought I couldn’t associate my creative work with my leadership roles in life.
Now I have this theory. In order to be a leader one must creative. Not pie in the sky creative, rather one who creates things.
A leader is one who creates.
Leaders can create in many different ways. A leader can create vision. A leaders can create a healthy culture. A leader can create trust. A leader can create structures which allow people to succeed.
For me, I lead better when I can create art (film, story, curriculum, and things like this). I love creating vision, structure and things like that as well, but creating art really causes me to be a better leader.
Below is one of my contributions of being creative to the world. I played only a small part in making this film a reality and was surrounded by genius people. It was great being part of multiple teams to create such a powerful piece of art.
What do you think, do leaders need to create? What causes you to be a better leader?