In this series on creativity within organizations, I am reposting this blog post from 2015. In it, I describe the role of leaders as creators.
An artist looks at their work in a totally different frame of mind than a mechanic does. The artist sees infinite possibility. The mechanic sees a problem to be solved.
As a leader, you are often in the “mechanic mode”. People bring to you problems to be solved, work to be done, decisions to be made, dilemmas to be fixed, and that is a valuable and ever-present part of the role you play.
But how often do you play the role of creator? Of someone who can envision a better future and then find a way to make that vision a reality?