This article is the second installment of our four-part series on creative leadership. Check out the rest of the articles in the series here: Creative Leadership (definitions of creative leadership and a selection of both historical and modern leadership theories); How Creative Leaders Live In Paradox; and 5 Influencers of Creative Leadership.
In this article, we will discuss several characteristics that creative leaders share, including independence, generosity, purposefulness, and optimism.
Creative Leadership is not industry specific, nor is it one-size-fits all. It is the individual act of a leader in the context of perpetual beta, and therefore path-dependent. In contrast to analytical forms of leadership, where the act of problem-solving culminates in one truth, Creative Leadership presupposes that the drive for a solution to a problem or challenge can have several outcomes and is to a significant degree shaped by the leader.