A review of the research on creative leadership and why it’s important in dynamic environments. Plus how to develop yours.
Creativity underpins innovation. This is particularly true of radical innovation.
Almost all companies, and in fact people, assign creative skills to designers and artists. This probably stems back to the industrial age. In those times employees performed routine and repetitive tasks. However, in today’s world complexity is the new normal.
In an age defined by technological innovations, creativity skills are highly prized. But as skills go, it’s hard to pin down.
What Is Creativity?
Creative Thinking is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. A 2012 Adobe study on creative thinking shows 8 in 10 people feel that unlocking creativity is critical to economic growth. Yet only 1 in 4 people believe they are living up to their own creative potential.
Most individuals then still believe they lack creativity thinking skills. Despite this research shows otherwise. Some studies show science students outperforming art students in creative thinking exercises. Companies train people in ideation. However, not always taking into account team dynamics.