Are you a creative leader?

Looking for creative leaders, do you know any?

What great creative leaders do

I’m starting this research for which I believe I need help. Here’s a list of essential things I think great creative leaders do. I am not even going into the complex question of who they might be… Knowing full well that the “do” question, as opposed to the “be” question, is probably easier to answer first. Then it will be possible to deduct other hypotheses.

Here’s a non-comprehensive list of what I think I know great creative leaders do:

1. They listen inside and out

2. They ask a lot of questions

3. They take the time they need

4. They think again when needed

5. They are the first to admit they don’t know something

6. They admit when they’re wrong

7. They’re not afraid to change their mind

8. They respect other people, their time, and their effort

9. They know all creation is co-creation

10. They read a lot

11. They give great feedback

12. They inspire people (to action)

This list is in no particular order; it’s simply a brain dump. It seemed urgent, so I did it this way. There are many other ways to do this, but this is a start.

All creation is co-creation


I’ve mentioned this before, but you may have missed it, so I’ll again say this. We do not create on our own. We build on the shoulders of those who came before us; we collaborate with other people and intend our work to a specific audience. Who ultimately, in live performances, for example – become part of the performative act. In fact, there is no performance without an audience, as we performing artists know all too well.

So, as I said, I’m starting this research; I invite you to participate. 

Look at the list above and ask yourself, “am I a creative leader”? 

Please share your answer in the comments below if you can. 

Also, I need your help; if you have more points for this list, please share them in the comments too. Doing that will immediately make you co-creators of this research. 

Also, if you know any creative leaders or people interested in creative leadership, please share this content with them; I’d love to have as many “professional” views as possible here. 

Are you in?


  • Stacey

    I love #5: "They are the first to admit they don’t know something." Not knowing can spark so many ideas.

    Another thing I encourage people to do (and I use this in my marketing for artists workshops all the time) is the phrase, "Tell me more!"

    That's usually a tip to see if business advice coming the artist's way has solid information to back it up, but it's also a way to empower people to contribute to a conversation. It shows the leader is listening and open.

    I hope this is helpful!

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