The Creative Leader: Part 1

I like the way this blog essay thinks about leaders needing to support creativity in structure, not just in thought or in themselves. Organizational innovation is scary, because we are more comfortable with the status quo than with change, and innovation (and the creative process) both require a willing suspension of comfort to explore something new. Like authenticity, creativity is a buzzword we often like more in principle than in practice!


Too often people want answers…not more questions.  For the most part, we would much rather just move on, then move forward…

In the Newsweek article, The Creativity Crisis, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman share findings from an “IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs” that “identified creativity as the No. 1 ‘leadership competency’ of the future.” They continue that, “all around us are matters of national and international importance that are crying out for creative solutions.”  And yet, since 1990 we have seen that “creativity scores have consistently inched downward.”  In the same article, Kyung Hee Kim at the College of William and Mary informs us that “it’s very clear, and the decrease is significant.”  Kim continues that “it is the scores of younger children in America – from kindergarten through sixth grade – for whom the decline is ‘most serious’.”

All around us we hear the rallying…

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