Leadership consists of two journeys

By via growingleadership.today  Article

Making the shift to creative leadership

“Leadership consists of two journeys. The first is the journey of self discovery. A personal leadership journey. The second is the journey to creative leadership. As Steve Jobs said it’s the journey to ‘make a dent in the universe’.

All leadership begins with personal leadership – the art and science of leading oneself. You have to start with personal leadership as it’s the foundation for great leadership. You must learn to lead yourself before leading others.

Personal leadership is the foundation you need to lead. It creates your personal leadership philosophy, good character, mindset, principles and practices. But you cannot stop at leading yourself. To reach your full potential you must push through to creative leadership.

Creative leadership is a shift towards a creative orientation. It’s a shift from an internal to an external focus. It’s about making your own dent in the universe!

Personal leadership journey is your preparation for the real journey of creative leadership.

The new leadership challenge

Great leaders have no inborn quality, they’re ordinary people, like you and I, who’ve made a decision to do extraordinary things.

‘When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people who were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.’ – Steve Jobs

It’s the decision to do something extraordinary, to make a dent in the universe, that triggers the shift from personal to creative leadership.

The shift to creative leadership is a step all great leaders must take. Yet, it’s a step that many leaders fail to make. Why? Because creative leadership is filled with danger, uncertainty and risk. And far too many leaders prefer to remain safe, rather than risk the unknown.”

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