Creative Leadership and Walking in Power to Change the World require great character, developed through experiences in the Creative Journey. We talked last time about how Creative Leaders are humble, balancing a clear understanding of their own worth with a strong desire to promote others sooner than they promote themselves. Humility goes hand in hand with the next trait of Creative Leaders: vulnerability.
Creative Leaders are Vulnerable
Creative Leaders live their lives at the forefront of the creativity community around them. They are the pioneers, blazing a path for others as they walk deeper into their own creative journeys. Leading the way well means not just being in front of the pack, but being open and honest with those following behind. These Creative Heroes lead by example in skills and in vulnerability, willingly sharing their stories so that others can grow from their experiences.
Sharing stories means more than just running a highlight reel of creative triumphs, however. In fact, the best Creative Leaders know that it’s the hard stories that carry the most power to help others. They don’t hide the painful parts of their journeys, or try to make them better in the retelling. They just tell the truth, and use their own experiences to help others find hope, wisdom, and courage along the way.
Just like humility, vulnerability doesn’t always come easy. Being open to others is risky; it’s easier to keep up a facade of strength and calm than it is to show people where we’ve felt weak, broken, or lost. Unfortunately, that easy facade cuts off all opportunities for community and relationship because it leaves no room for love. Love fuels the creative process, providing the passion and drive to pursue great ideas, make great works, and build strong creative community. Love makes us bold, removing the fear that keeps us from connecting with others. Creative leadership cannot function fully unless it is powered by love, and cannot be expressed except through honest vulnerability.
When Creative Leaders express love and vulnerability, they free those around them to love more and, thereby, create more. Telling their real stories shows that even Creative Heroes are human, and that imperfections and failures are only bumps in the road of the Creative Journey. As pioneers, they lead the way in all creative endeavors, most of all in vulnerability, honesty, and love.
How can you be more open within your creativity community? What stories from your Creative Journey could help those around you? Have courage to step out in vulnerability amongst your creative community. You may be surprised by the freedom that comes from being real.