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How to Create of Creative Leadership

As a leader, managing the potential that exists from each team member has become part of the role that must be carried out at this time. For this reason, creative leadership is important. A leader must be creative and able to make members become creative people.

That is because the world changes very fast. If a leader cannot think creatively, the company's product or service will not develop and the customer will leave the product or service and switch to another company.

Creative is a thought process that helps spark new ideas which are one of the human traits that are formed from the process of experience so that the person can continue to improve and develop himself.

Another understanding according to Baron (1969), creative is the ability to create something new. From these two opinions it can be concluded that creative is an ability that is in someone to make something or bring up a different idea than what was before.

A creative leader is also able to inspire employees to always think of new ideas so that with many new ideas the goals of a company are more easily achieved effectively and efficiently than using the same strategy continuously.

In addition, by facilitating creativity with employees, an innovative business environment can be created so that a company can survive in the future. Then if there is a problem in the company not only the leader is able to think but all employees are able to contribute so that the problem is quickly resolved.

If you are a leader, the choice is yours, are you the type of leader who cripples team creativity and focuses on rigid bureaucratic processes or instead uses the potential of each of your team members to encourage new and 'fresh' things?

Read also: Characteristics of a Great Leader

Assuming you choose the second option, here are 9 rules that you must do to show you how to encourage the creation of creative leadership suggested by Jeffrey Baumgartner, the author of "Anticonventional Thinking The Creative to Brainstroming" and a master of innovation.

1) It's not about your creativity, but the creativity of the Team
Creative leadership has little relationship with its own creativity. Everything that is done is precisely related to the creativity of the team. If, things that the team do more because of your creativity, why do you need a team? You are only one person, while your team is certainly not small. Creativity that emerges from 10, 100, even 1000 people will be better than those that appear from just one person.

2) You don't need to be a genius, you just need to understand what creativity is
Like point number 1, you don't have to be a genius to have high creativity. It is precisely the most important thing that you understand the creative process so that it can guide all team members.

3) Diversity
If you can choose team members, then try to prioritize diversity. For example, diversity in experience, gender, culture, age, and knowledge. Also don't be afraid to include people you don't like, if you believe you can give better results. 

4) Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the team
Some people will appear by giving various ideas, but are weak at execution. For others, just the opposite. By identifying strengths, weaknesses, and taking advantage of them, you can be sure that not all of your team members are creative. However, the process will actually lead you to achieve results that lead to innovation.

5) Trust team members
A micromanager will never be a creative leader because he will not believe in the team in making decisions. Not only does it promote the creativity of a micromanager, it gets caught up in trivial matters. So, trust all team members. Give clear goals, budget, and also tools that are easy to apply. However, let them work in a way that they choose themselves to achieve that goal. In fact, if the method used is not the best way, let your people learn by trying and trying.

6) Don’t be afraid of failure
Speaking of mistakes, if your team is not allowed to fail from time to time, they will never achieve anything big. Even though you know which is better, you should encourage them (your team) to continue to try and ensure that they share their failure stories with others so that other people can learn from mistakes.

7) Encouraging a conducive atmosphere of debate
Debates allow team members to see everything from another perspective, strengthen their ideas, and rethink perfect ideas. In addition, it is also far better to have a team member who can provide a critique of the ideas that arise rather than criticizing what results will be obtained from the idea.

8) Champion Ideas
Creative leadership neen champion ideas. When your team produces many ideas, as a team leader, you need to give recognition to the idea. In fact, sometimes you even have to support ideas that you don't like because ultimately the idea offers a better idea for the organization.

9) It's time to realize ideas together
Innovation is an implementation of creative ideas that produce value. Unfortunately, the process of realizing brilliant ideas into an innovative work is not always an easy thing to do. You need to define processes and establish processes for realizing ideas.

Creative leadership in this way does have the potential to become a new breakthrough, but usually these ideas are quite risky and often broken by senior managers. However, if you can "break" the assumptions of a senior manager and believe that the idea can be realized together by the team, don't hesitate to show senior managers that it actually encourages innovation.

Thus, a few tips for creating creative leadership. May be useful.