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 of creative leaders, 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.
Although creative leadership is not exclusive to entrepreneurs, creative leaders share many characteristics of entrepreneurial behavior: