Two words that are not always linked in the mind — and sometimes for good reason. (Beware “creative” accountants.)
But leaders have at lest two important things in common with real creatives:
First, good leadership is usually about finding new solutions — sometimes to new problems, sometimes to old ones. Same old, same old generally doesn’t cut it.
Second, leaders have to go to work every day. A creative who waits for inspiration is doomed, as is a leader who only shows up when the mood is right or conditions are perfect.
Making things better is a daily practice and a generous act.