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The Emergence of a New Type of Leader

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard

 

What comes to mind when you think of creativity? A painting? A song? Perhaps a new invention or way of thinking?  Did you know that creativity is at the foundation of innovation and problem solving? In fact, it is now recognized as a key factor to success.

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This is why now more than ever it is critical that leaders possess the ability to access creativity and utilize it to drive their team and projects to success.

 

Understanding the power of creativity is essential for maintaining high performance, sustained advantage, and for identifying new solutions to the problems of today’s ever changing economy.

 

What is Creativity?

 

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Creativity is the part of us that envisions beyond our immediate physical experience of the world around us.  Creativity is the ability to use imagination to develop new and original ideas or things.  Using this key faculty of Imagination, it guides our creations, our dreams, and even our fears.

 

What is a Creative Advantage?

 

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The Creative Advantage, is the ability to continually tap into new ideas, solutions, and innovations.  This rests upon first being able to harness imagination.  A leader must not only learn to tap in to new ideas but also be able to break past the barriers to creativity when they “hit a wall” or have “creative block.”  When we are talking innovation, we are also talking about making Breakthroughs.

 

What is a Breakthrough?

 

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A breakthrough is an event that causes or marks the breaking down of a barrier to progress.  A breakthrough can also be an important new discovery.  As Albert Einstein said best, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

 

Enter the Era of Creative Leader

 

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Creativity is one of fundamental qualities we must cultivate as leaders.  Whatever your area of leadership may be, if your work touches society or the lives of people, it is time to develop new strategies for enhancing your creativity.

 

The Creative Leader is a new term that has emerged to coin the next generation leader who drives innovation through fostering an environment of Inspiration, Imagination, and Breakthrough Creativity.

 

Another blog you may find interesting is one where we identified some of the key Qualities of a Modern Day Creative Leader.  As leaders, we must learn practical techniques for continually tapping in to new ideas, solutions, and innovations that will keep us flourishing and evolving.

 

A key solution, we at Quantum Leap Alchemy see, is to move leaders out of the box of old ways of thinking, and to train you to master the arts and sciences of transformation and of accessing breakthrough creativity.

 

In fact, we believe another type of leader, one who recognizes that both Creativity and Transformation emerge from a Higher Plane of Consciousness, or from the Quantum Realm will become the next generation Transformational Leader.

 

Introducing the Quantum Creative Leader

 

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There is much discussion these days about Transformational Leadership, a style of leadership in which one uses authentic presence, vision and inspiration to motivate others.  These are leaders who have the ability to skillfully embrace change, empower others and ultimately transform us.

 

The Quantum Creative Leader recognizes this ability to create and transform arise from higher consciousness and are able to access this realm to drive creative breakthroughs and change.

 

As author Danah Zohar states, “Quantum thinking is vital to creative thinking and leadership in organizations. It is the key to any genuine organizational transformation. It is the key to shifting our paradigm.”

 

We’ve identified 3 essential steps that allow you to access this higher plane of consciousness known as the Quantum Domain and ultimately elevate your creativity capacity to become a next generation Transformational Leader, a Quantum Creative Leader.  Stay tuned next week as we look closely at these 3 steps.

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6 Key Characteristics of a Transformational Leader

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard

 

Have you ever been in a situation where someone spoke so clearly and passionately that everyone in the room stopped to listen more closely? Perhaps suddenly the room took on an energy of agreement and excitement as all became united under the inspiring ideas and vision of the one speaking?

 

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That person was displaying a leadership style known as transformational leadership, one that uses authentic presence, vision and inspiration to motivate others.

 

In our last blog, we identified 4 Essential Steps to Becoming a Transformational Leader.   This week, we look at what are the Key Qualities of a Transformational Leader.  We’ve identified 6 distinct characteristics that make up a modern day Transformational Leader:

 

#1  Embrace Transformation

 

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This one may seem obvious but in order to be a transformational leader, you must be someone who adopts a philosophy of moving towards change, rather than avoiding or resisting it.

 

Even more, transformational leaders thrive on change and get excited by the prospects of evolving a system or organization into something even better.  Transformational leaders are skilled at harnessing the process of change and driving it forward both intentionally and skillfully.  This means they have the skill set to evolve or progress an organization, idea or philosophy more rapidly.

 

#2  Personal Growth

 

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Another key characteristic of a Transformational Leader is their ability and openness to grow.

 

According to the Georgetown University’s Transformational Leadership Institute, Transformational Leaders, “Grow and expand as human beings even as they lead extraordinary outcomes for their communities and organizations. This trait is also about Expanding Consciousness and Self-Awareness.  In other words, moving beyond just focusing on the material side of things and tuning in more to the core self and essential nature of being human.

 

#3  Transparency & Authenticity

 

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Transparency implies openness, communication, and accountability.

 

It refers to operating in such a way that it is easy to for others to see what actions are being performed.  Authenticity refers to truthfulness, sincerity, devotion and intention.  Transformational Leaders are ones who lead by example.  They bring authentic presence, integrity, vision, and compassion into their role as a leader.

 

#4  Empowerment & Engaged Action

 

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Transformational Leaders possess the Courage and Confidence to take a stand for their beliefs and vision.

 

They also generate the needed clarity and inspiration to get commitment from others to unite behind the effort.  Transformational Leaders are not afraid to push their ideas forward, even in the face of adversity, challenge, and risk.

 

#5  Integrity & Accountability

 

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Integrity, or the concept of consistency around actions, values, principles and outcomes, as well as, Accountability or answerability, are fundamental characteristics of a Transformational Leader.

 

This trait refers to taking Personal Ownership and “Walking the Talk”, both by being the example, as well as holding that line with those you lead.

 

#6  Self-Actualization

 

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Transformative Leaders are self-actualizing people. They recognize that creativity, innovation, initiative, and an organization’s ability to thrive, rest upon its core values that come from this deeper pursuit of meaning.  

 

As the great psychologist Abraham Maslow declared, “What a man can be, he must be. This need we may call self-actualization…It refers to the desire for self-fulfillment, namely, to the tendency for him to become actualized in what he is potentially. This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming.”

 

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True leadership requires the ability to inspire, motivate and ultimately transform us.

 

The modern day Transformational Leader is one who skillfully embraces change, values and strives towards personal growth and is clear and authentic with their intentions, actions and words.  Transformational Leaders take a stand for what they believe in.

 

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They empower and engage others to come together and collectivity move toward a shared goal and vision.

 

A true Transformational Leader leads by example, always acting with integrity and holding themselves and others accountable for their actions. Rather than command-style, these leaders are transformative and empowering.  Finally, Transformational Leaders are motivated to realize their potential.  They are self-actualizing. Self-actualizing people are driven by a quest for meaning and a deep passion to become what they have the potential to become.

 

Stay tuned next week as we dive deeper into what it means to be a Transformational Leader by looking at their core values.

 

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3 Quantum Principles Every Creative Leader Should Know

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As the iconic genius, Albert Einstein, once said, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” This means that in order to solve the problems and challenges of today, we must come from a “new type of thinking.”

The Creative Leader is one who embraces change and is able to develop practical techniques for continually tapping in to new ideas, solutions, and innovations.  3 Quantum Principles Every Creative Leader Should Know.

1.  Allowing Creativity to Flow:

Creative Leaders realize that you don’t have to strain or wrack your brain for that next creative idea or innovation. In fact, stressing yourself out is quite counter- productive to the whole process.   bigstock-Lines-Of-The-Soul-56342126

Rather than stressing to pull out an idea from your head, you can simply choose to loosen up and allow it to come through you.  

  Allowing creativity to flow involves putting oneself in a position of being quietly receptive – not forcing anything, but rather allowing it to happen; it is more a process of surrendering. A relaxed mind is critical to being creative.   By training yourself to relax the body and brain at will, you can drastically reduce the effects of stress and open up the circuits within you again to allow for greater access to creativity and wellbeing.   bigstock-Hand-Of-Woman-Meditating-In-A-57918866

Research has shown that brain activity begins to change within just a few days of learning to meditate, decreasing stress, improving your mood, and supporting your health in many ways. 

Known benefits of meditation also include: increased focused attention, improved memory, reduction of anxiety and stress, enhanced creativity and problem solving abilities, greater connectivity and whole-brain wiring, improvement of relationships by connecting to greater empathy and compassion, greater sense of optimism and trust, and anti-aging benefits for greater health, well-being, and cognitive functioning.

2.  Creating Space: 

Creative Leaders understand the concept of space and how you can tap into and manage energy. This key relates to both physical environment, as well as time and mental space to get into a creative flow. Recognizing the importance of Space is a concept that is fundamental to the Quantum Paradigm.   bigstock-Diversity-Of-The-Mind-57374144

The key is to focus on the SPACE between events or thoughts or expressions, rather than the expressions themselves. 

Similarly, we could look to the Space between the particles as more fundamental than the particles themselves. The more you tap in to empty Space, the more potential energy becomes available to you to use for your creative work. This key of Space is about how well you can tap into and manage energy.   bigstock-Colorful-Synapse-System-58099229   Creating Space starts with “focused time” or eliminating distractions in order to harness time most efficiently. Science has shown that our brains actually perform worse, and we make more mistakes, when we try to multi-task.

So the key is to focus on one thing at a time for a period of time (20 min blocks is optimal), before you switch to another task.

The second piece of creating Space is Physical Order. The general rule of thumb here is: “As the outer, so the inner. As the inner so the outer.”  Your personal physical environment is a good reflection of your inner mental environment.   bigstock-Spa-still-life-with-bamboo-fou-46702012-2

If you want to clean up all the distraction and disorganization that interfere with bringing your ideas all the way through to completion, then put some effort into organizing your physical space and bringing greater order to your life. Try Feng-sui, it works!

 

3.  Embracing Uncertainty:

Creative Leaders understand that uncertainties are unavoidable and it is futile to try and control all variables.  Outside the comfort zone of control is where all the magic happens, and when you step outside that comfort zone, you are stepping into the unknown, where uncertainties abound.   Outside the Box.001

The reason this is “where the magic happens” is that Uncertainty opens us up to the sea of possibility, multiple options, giving greater opportunity for choice and exercising free will. 

This principle requires we adapt an attitude of accepting, even enjoying, and allowing it to be ok for there to be unknowns. Rather than stressing over things that are beyond our control, it is in the Uncertainties of life that provide room for us to deepen our trust in the universal order and to allow the journey to unfold. This step is essential for our shift in consciousness.   Want to learn more on how to develop yourself as a Quantum Creative Leader?   Check out our FREE Webinar on the 7 Keys to Cultivating Quantum Creativity here.

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5 Qualities of a Modern Day Creative Leader

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In our ever evolving world, leaders are now being called upon to expand their thinking and skill set to bring creative change to their projects and organizations. A new term, Creative Leader has emerged to coin “the next generation leader who drives innovation through fostering an environment of inspiration and imagination.”

 

Here are 5 Qualities of a Modern Day Creative Leader: 

 

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1.  An Idea Generator:  Creative Leaders are exceptionally gifted at generating ideas.  These ideas may be totally new and innovative or simply a different way of perceiving an existing idea.  Idea generation is an art in and of itself.  Creative Leaders employ a variety of techniques to help produce ideas.  Examples include:

 

-Brainstorming in a inspirational environment such as the beach, a local park, an art museum, or even a kids playground.  There are no set rules as to where you should brainstorm.  Step outside of your office and your comfort zone and into the zone of inspiration. You never know where creative ideas may come to you.

-Meditation through movement or stillness.  Modern day Creative Leaders understand the powerful benefits of calming the mind through activities such a yoga, qi gong, tai chi and meditation.  Even a slow walk in nature done with mindfulness can totally rejuvenate your mind and body and open up you up to a whole new level of creativity.

 

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2.  Problem Solver: Creative Leaders are continually able to meet and overcome challenges by coming up with breakthrough solutions to problems.  In fact, problem solving is at the very core of what Creative Leaders do. They have the ability to understand the problem, generate quality solutions and solve it in a rapid manner. Here are a few traits of an excellent problem solver:

 

-Interaction.  A Creative Leader understands and highly values group participation.  They are open to the  ideas of others and encourage interaction amongst those they lead.  They involve team members with input into the problem at hand as well as potential solutions.

-Communication.  A Creative Leader allows for open communication.  They believe that everyone should have the opportunity to express themselves.  Adopting a culture of open communication allows for finding win-win solutions and boosts employee morale.

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3.  Inspire Others: Creative Leaders have a deep sense of purpose, meaning and fulfillment in their position.  As a leader, they understand the importance of serving as a role model of inspiration to their team. Creative Leaders have several traits that help them to inspire others.

 

-Passion.  Creative Leaders are passionate about their company’s vision and mission are are able to share and inspire others to  feel the depth of this passion as well.  They understand the importance of showing everyone the big picture and continuing to foster a positive environment in which others can draw a sense of purpose and meaning from.

-Integrity.  Creative Leaders are authentic, honest and consistent with their words and actions.  They create trust which inspire employees to believe in the direction they are providing.

 

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4.  Foster Innovation: Creative Leaders know how to support and motivate others to think and perform in original ways.  They believe in fostering an environment of imagination and innovation.  Creative Leaders employ a variety of techniques to help foster innovation.  Examples include:

 

-Sharing. A good leader will encourage employees to continually share creative ideas in brain storming sessions.  They understand the importance of keeping communication open and flowing through different departments.  They may even bring in props and provide art supplies to inspire the creative process.

-Education.  Another key to fostering innovation is to create programs that allow employees to keep learning and expanding their skill set.  Often times Creative Leaders will offer trainings or even bring in outside coaching companies to empower their team with new methods for developing their abilities.

 

 

5.  Project Finisher: Creative Leaders have the ability to see projects through.  They go beyond simply managing a project to motivating team members to stay focused and inspiring others to get the job done on time.  Creative Leaders are able to help their employees break past creative blocks, guide them to the finish line and ultimately see a idea come to full fruition.

 

At Quantum Leap Alchemy, we are dedicated to sharing breakthrough strategies and helping you become a more innovative and creative leader. Learn more at Quantum Leap Alchemy.com

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