Dictionary.com defines creativity as, “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patters, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.” Whether you consider yourself a creative leader or not we should be intentional about increasing our creative capacity. I offer these suggesting to increases your creativity:
1. Having the desire- Leaders have to have a desire and openness to becoming more creative. Knowing the benefits and importance of creativity can cause us to see why we should become a creative leaders. Your desire will cause you to engage in activates that will increase your creativity.
2. Get going- To become more creative, get your body and mind going. This means you engaging in activities which circulates your blood, increases your heart rate, stretches your brain, or causes you to think. Examples include: exercising, playing a board game, taking a shower, reading or listening to something interesting. These activities will releases chemicals into your body and brain that can cause you to generate new thoughts and ideas. It’s important once you have gotten your body and mind going that you take time to concentrate on a specific problem, issue, project, or topic. Find what works best for you and then implement it on a regular basis.
3. Learn inside and outside of your growth areas- When it comes to learning and personal growth we should primarily focus on specific areas. However, learning something new or that is outside of those areas can spark our creativity. Be specific in your growth but also take time to learn new and interesting things. One way I do this is by listening to different Podcasts on Sticher Radio. A few Podcast I listen to that are outside of my normal growth areas include: Stuff to Blow your Mind, Stuff You Missed in History Class, and Stuff you Should Know. These stations allow me to learn and generate new ideas and thoughts. I recommend being deliberate about learning in and outside of your growth areas because when you do you will increase your creativity.
4. Become friends with creative people- If you want to increase your creativity spend time with those who are creative. It’s true you become like those you associate with on a regular basis. When you spend time with creative people you will find their creativity will transfer onto you.
Questions: What are some other ways a leader can increase creativity? What is your secret to increasing your creativity?