For this post, I wanted to look at the thought of “Leaders must be creative in order to spark innovation and inspire those that they lead.” I personally really agree with this statement. There are three parts to that: actually being creative, sparking innovation, and inspiring. As a leader, you should be creative. Being creative isn’t really something you can be taught but rather something you need to try and experience. It is my opinion that a lot of learning is as such. Being simply taught something is not enough to truly learn it. If you want to learn something, you need to practice it. A lot. Creativity is no different. It sounds stupid to practice creativity but it is really important. I like to dream and plan random things out in my head and imagine how it all fits together.
Then, you need to be able to spark innovation with your team. This requires a number of things on a leader’s part. Firstly is obviously creativity. A leader needs to be interesting in order to spark innovation. An environment with same old same old is not conducive to innovation. Then the leader needs to be passionate and committed. Contrary to what some may think, people can see through others’ false motivation/see their true motives. If a leader is not motivated, or not motivated for the right reasons, their team will see through it and not be motivated themselves.
Finally, you have to inspire others. This is, in my opinion, the hardest part. Part of the responsibility falls on the leader, and some falls on your team. Obviously you can put the greatest leader with the least motivated team and you won’t have much inspiration. But conversely, you can be a bad leader with a good team and that’s entirely on you. This goes back to the motivation, too. A motivated leader will inspire their team to be motivated and think of new ideas.