If you do any creative work, you’ve no doubt hit boundaries or parameters that seem to get in the way of the creative process. It may be a looming deadline, lack of resources, or a client’s unrealistic demands. These parameters are perceived to be restrictions to your work, but they don’t have to be. Instead, they can be viewed as guardrails to keep you on the right track to your best work.
Despite an overwhelming number of books, videos, courses, and conferences on leadership, it can sometimes feel like incredible leaders are as difficult to spot as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster! What is important to realize is that leadership is not just about one thing. It’s not a single, specific trait or quality that makes great leaders stand out, it’s a combination of factors.
For centuries, the Western world and all of its systems and structures have encouraged us to “do” rather than to “be.” In a fast-food world of lightning speed technology, we have been conditioned to believe that if we are not “doing” something twenty-four hours a day, we are not worthy. We rush to fix, save, or solve our problems and hurry to manifest our plans and dreams, rather than letting them gestate for a bit so the highest solution for all has a chance to emerge.