Creative Leaders are generous and empowering. For the past two weeks we’ve discussed two key facets of Creative Leadership: humility and vulnerability. Those two characteristics stem out of another key leadership component – generosity. The journey of mastering your Creative Superpowers and beginning to Walk in the Power to Change the World has given you resources, tools, wisdom, and experience. True Creative Leaders are not elitist. There is no hierarchy here where you have to earn your dues and struggle to get ahead. The journey of becoming a Creative Superhero is hard enough; we do not have to make it harder on each other.
Creative Leaders know that we are creating for more than just ourselves and our immediate peers; we operate from a legacy mindset. This means that we are thinking in terms of what will affect our children’s children’s children and intentionally blazing trails and establishing truth that will make a way for them. This is not only about the creative tribe that we are a part of now, it is about the future generations being able to access and walk in far greater Creative Superpowers than we’ve ever dreamed of seeing.
A key to being able to be generous as Creative Leaders is by thinking with an abundance filter rather than a poverty filter. A poverty filter says that there is not enough of anything to go around and demands that we live in fight or flight, hoarding and scrounging every crumb for us alone. A poverty filter does not leave room for generosity or empowerment of other people because it believes that there is only so much to go around and that when we give out pieces of what we’ve received we end up empty. The poverty filter is a distortion of reality. The true reality is that there is always enough creativity to go around as long as we keep a correct view of our Source. With God as the Source of all creativity, we can continue to learn and grow, and generously pour out everything we’ve received, without fear of ever running dry. There is always more than enough. Abundance recognizes that the more we pour out, the more capacity we have to receive. The more we empower others, the higher the level of power we are able to walk in ourselves. Creative Leaders generously share out of the overflowing abundance of creativity they draw from the Source.
Creative Leaders are generous and empowering in many areas, including:
Resources: what tools, tricks, books, lessons, connections, and other resources have you found along your journey? Generously sharing your resources is a key indicator of stepping into Creative Leadership. Creative Leaders know that there are more than enough resources to go around and that sharing their treasures means that they are expanding their capacity to hold more, not losing anything.
Stories: your story is one of your most powerful weapons as you Walk in the Power to Change the World. Tales of the battles you’ve fought and lost, as well as the wars you’ve won, are the heart food needed for weary fellow Creative Superheros to continue in their journeys. Creative Leaders do not have a need to establish or maintain an “image” of perfection or invulnerability, they are free to be human and share their real selves with their community.
Encouragement: Creative Leaders are able to encourage the Creative Superheros around them with sincerity – remembering that they only gain by genuine sharing. Sincere encouragement, without patronizing or condescending, empowers the receiver to learn and grow to new heights in their Superpowers.
Legacy Mindset: Creative Leaders work toward the future, mindful that they are carving paths that can last for generations. King David, in the Bible, did this for his son Solomon. David had a vision to build a great temple for God, but it was not possible during his lifetime. Instead, he gathered the incredible resources that he had at his disposal and stockpiled everything that his son Solomon would need in order to build the most extravagant temple in history. David also fought many wars in order for Solomon to rule in peace. David set his son up to be able to do far more than Solomon would have ever been able to do on his own. We can do the same as Creative Leaders, fighting battles so that those who come after us can live in the peace that we’ve helped to create with resources that we gathered for them.
Action: self-check - are there any areas where you've allowed poverty to filter your perspective? Take some time to realign yourself with your Source and to reconfigure your filter to abundance. Look for areas where you can expand your vision to think in terms of legacy.
Emily is a creative entrepreneur, loving life in Virginia Beach, VA, by way of DEN, CLT, & NYC. As the co-founder of Bright Ideas she spends her time doing freelance photography, writing music and blogs, designing pretty web things, drinking coffee, experimentally cooking, and exploring her city. You can listen to Emily's music, follow her adventures on Instagram or Twitter, see what inspires her on Pinterest, check out her photography on Facebook, or hire her here.