Being a leader is difficult. It is not an easy path. We must make hard decisions and take accountability for ourselves, our performance, our products, and even our teams. In fact, that is why it is much easier to just take direction from someone else.
I believe that there is no inborn quality for leadership. It must be bred, refined, and defined.
Leaders are merely ordinary people doing extraordinary things with their lives.
And to live that way, they must wake up everyday and choose to be a leader or fall behind. The very choice to be a leader takes curiosity and creativity. It demands us to actively practice and nurture those things that we would like to master, and I have found that with the right critical thinking, we can inspire others to demand that of themselves too.
So, what is a creative driven leader? And how can those leaders inspire themselves everyday to wake up and crush the day?
As I mentioned in a previous blog, historically, creativity has been associated more with the profession rather than possessing and practicing of the trait. We are creative energy expressing ourselves as consciousness. We contain all the answers to choosing what we truly desire to explore in this life and that is because we can create life to be whatever we want.
Now before I jump off the cliff into my “woo-woo”ness let me explain.
When I was a teenager, all I wanted was to write books and sing merrily on my way through the fields of exploration. I would talk about this very lifestyle until I was blue in the face and sometimes, I would even lie about it. Not necessarily because I wanted to lie or had any motivation for ill-will, but merely because I was caught up in my imagination and my desires. I thought to myself, if I can express it, then at some point, it will come true. This example is the very reason why I do not believe in total and pure woo-woo nonsense.
Yes, you can speak into being what you truly desire, but not if you don’t take ACTION.
And that my friends, is how we become empowered to be creative energy practicing our manifestation, love, and power to lead us to a conscious present that we love so much.
So, what makes a creative leader inspire themselves to action? Here are a few traits that I think they practice.
1. They Question the System
Change is constant. As a creative leader, they have accepted this exact statement and have learned (even if it was the hard way) to propel themselves into the face of it. In the natural world, things are in motion. Have you ever watched Planet Earth on fast forward? Or watched one of those Cinematic Nature Art movies by Disney? There is no stillness in the natural world. At one present moment, something may look one way, but in a split second, change can happen. Death could arrive or your neighbor could go from Brunette to Unicorn Hair. We are creative energy practicing our manipulation of our very consciousness. We are curious and question the possibilities.
2. They believe in Intuition and Intellect
I see so many blogs and writers discussing “trust your intuition”, but you know, my dog LC has an intuition and sometimes she just won’t come near me for a pat because she feels like I might have an ulterior motive to give her a bath. Sometimes, she will hide under the table and cower at the very sight of me coming home (especially if I come in smiling). She hates baths, but in more ways than one, she is right to assume that I might trick her into a bath at any given moment. We must use logic and solutions ON TOP of using our intuition. Let’s say that you feel as if you need to quit your job because you have this strange feeling in your stomach (intuition cue!), but then, you also have a family at home, so you can’t just up and say “I am out of here! My intuition knows you guys are up to no good!” You need to feel your intuition and then balance it with listening to your logical side. As a creative leader, that’s what we do. We are aware of our impact to our external world (consciousness) and we may know that something is about to flag us, but we are not going to take action until we know the direction to take.
There is something compelling about someone who you very well know will say one thing and then do it. There is no hiding what she represents and there is no hiding what she might do in a situation. Creative leaders rarely lose sight of what is true to them. They know what is important to them and they just promise to keep honoring those things. An example, I am passionate about painting, so I chose to paint 365 paintings over the course of one year and although, it was a little on the chaotic side to complete that project; I crushed it. I did not lose sight of what was important to me and I never lost sight of who I truly was.
4. Decide and then Crush It
One of the biggest stumbling blocks for nearly ANYONE is trying to accomplish something in its perfect image. That’s right, the one in your head that you are working towards. The ideal idea that is floating in your head. Sometimes, what we imagine, will not fully manifest in reality, but the feeling we felt when we had the idea, that will. We can keep practicing until we get a skill right, but honestly, perfectionism is a myth that needs to be stopped. We cannot chase our curiosity and create things that we love or practice bettering skills we want to master without letting go of it. We need to just make the decision to do a project and then crush it. A creative leader knows this and also knows that with creativity comes innovation, but also, comes healing. The perfect part of this whole thing will be the feeling throughout the project. Do you feel good? Perfect, go crush some of your dreams.
The real difference between the status quo and a creative leader is that they inspire action. They believe that we can free our own originality but not doing what is required of us and rather, start doing things we desire. There will literally never come a time where you can’t just take action and be present in your moments. Each of you have the capacity to start, to do, and then to learn.