"For those who live in the past, there is no future. If you take no part in the design of your future, it will be designed for you by others." ~ Edward de Bono

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Creative Leadership DOs and DON'Ts

3 Pillars of Creativity


Twelve Major Causes of Failure in Leadership

10 Lessons from Konosuke Matsushita

for Corporate Leaders

12 Effective Leadership Roles

  1. Empower people; delegate authority; be open to ideas; have faith in the creativity of others... More

6 Barriers to Creative Thinking and Innovation

  1. Negative Attitude

  2. Fear of Failure

  3. Executive Stress

  4. Following Rules

  5. Making Assumptions

  6. Over-reliance on Logic... More

Creative Leader: Questions to Answer

Inspiring Employees

Creative Leader vs. Innovative-style Leader

By: Alan Rowe, the author of Creative Intelligence

  • The innovative-style leader tends to focus on technical matters and often overlooks the needs of people. The result is that there is typically resistance to change.

  • The imaginative leader has a clear view of future needs and opportunities. He also understands the current problems and needs of the organization and finds ways to include people in the vision.

Leadership vs. Management


How To Lead Creative People

By: Max DePree

  • Innovation is the lifeblood of an organization. Knowing how to lead and work with creative people requires knowledge and action that often goes against the typical organizational structure. Protect unusual people from bureaucracy and legalism typical of organizations... More

The Leader Is Best When...



Developing The Fast-Paced Flexible Culture

By: Michael Dell

  • Set a Common Goal. Mobilize your people around a common goal. Help them feel a part of something genuine, special, and important, and you'll inspire real passion and loyalty... More

Inspiring Corporate Culture

Inspirational Leadership

10 Roles

  1. Encourage entrepreneurial creativity and experimentation... More

Why Creative Leadership?

Creative leaders search for and discover opportunities, introduce positive change and make quantum leaps forward in creating new products and processes.

Entrepreneurial Leader: 4 Specific Attributes

"The environment in which we live is changing rapidly and in unpredictable ways. Individuals who are creative are able to bring about change and visualize future opportunities. Creative leaders are a critical resource needed to find answers to difficult problems. They are the ones who can navigate the future. They are able to embrace ambiguity and reframe problems as opportunities. They have competencies that include how to read and understand the environment, build alliances, recognize the importance of social responsibility, manage complexity, use information technology, and encourage creativity. Increasingly, leaders are using a proactive stance in taking their organizations into uncharted territory."1

Systemic Innovation: 7 Areas

Using Strategic Intent to Motivate Idea Generation

Strategic intent is senior management's primary motivational tool for radical idea generation. Senior management uses strategic intent to communicate a misfit between current resources and corporate aspirations and motivate idea generation when it actively encourages the quest for new opportunities.

Energize Others

 Case in Point  25 Lessons from Jack Welch

To Jack Welch, the former legendary CEO of GE, a good leader who can make people feel that they really are contributing members of a team, that is working toward a shared and worthwhile goal can unleash huge stores of positive energy. Welch called them "rewards for the soul," which, he pointed out, also needed to be accompanied by "rewards for the wallet."... More

25 Lessons from Jack Welch

10 Ways To Murder Creativity

  • Ask for a 200-page document to justify every new idea... More

Leadership-Management Synergy

Leaders: Lead improvisation. Managers: Provide structure.

Resulting synergy: Jazz of Innovation... More

The Jazz of Innovation: 11 Practice Tips

The Jazz of Innovation

The improvisation-driven model for innovation project management doesn’t discard structure, just as there is a clear structure to good jazz. In innovation, this structure is created through roadmaps, guiding principles, business processes, systems and organizational charts.

Strategic planning and road-mapping processes cannot guarantee brilliant flashes of creative insight, but they can prepare minds and increase the odds that such flashes occur in real time. Thus structure, as chords do in jazz, serves as a basis for improvisation, experimentations, discoveries and innovation... More

Yin-Yang of Value Innovation

 Best Practices  Google: 10 Golden Rules

Encourage creativity. Google engineers can spend up to 20 percent of their time on a project of their choice. There is, of course, an approval process and some oversight, but basically we want to allow creative people to be creative. One of our not-so-secret weapons is our ideas mailing list: a companywide suggestion box where people can post ideas ranging from parking procedures to the next killer app. The software allows for everyone to comment on and rate ideas, permitting the best ideas to percolate to the top... More

Yin-Yang of Entrepreneurial Creativity

Leader as Servant

You cannot lead people unless they are willing to follow you. People will trust you if you help them achieve more, unleash their creativity and bring out their own sense of worth... More

Lateral Leadership

A lateral leader is a kind of person who mastered lateral thinking skills and can create a climate for creativity and to transform your organization into a powerhouse of innovation. A lateral leader inspires people to have the confidence to take risk, energizes people, and can help them develop their skills in creative techniques.

Major Leadership Schools: Correlation

Entrepreneurial Creativity

Your entrepreneurial creativity is a synergistic combination of your four capabilities:

  1. Creative thinking skills

  2. Cross-functional expertise

  3. Internal motivation... More

Creative Problem Solving

One of the key functions of the corporate executive is solve problems and make decisions with a high level of competence. Your ability to deal with problems creatively and effectively is the key determinant of your success as a manager and a corporate leader... More