Whether you’re a top-level leader, aspiring manager, or manager, you’re always concerned about improving your competencies that are needed to become an effective and respected leader. To realize this dream, you need to understand various leadership competencies and work towards imbibing them in you and your character. In general terms, competencies can be defined as knowledge, ability, or skill that can either be developed or taught. The best part about the competencies is that they come with ‘indicators’ meaning that they can be observed and measured. A model developed on these competencies can be effectively linked to excellence in the context of an organization.
Using a model that is based on competencies, organizations can set up their strategies and vision. Using the framework thus developed, organizations can hire, develop, and measure leaders on various parameters. When these competencies are taken into account by organizations, the progress, and development they make get displayed for everyone to see and experience. Therefore, it is important that both organizations and individuals understand what these competencies are and how they can be employed to takes businesses to a new level.
Creativity is one of the most important leadership competencies a leader can possess
Problems can arrive from nowhere in business. This is why managers need to be creative in their thinking and application to take them head on and lead their organization to success. Also, given that business environments keep changing rapidly, the problems posed by them can have different dimensions. This is where tried and tested methods fail to work for leaders. The need of the hour in such circumstances is to be creative. Thankfully for leaders there are many creative problem-solving aids, like lateral thinking, brainstorming, etc. that can be employed to ease the situation and bring success to the company.
As a leader, there are a few ways how you can demonstrate your creativity at the workplace. Here are some of them:
- First, you need to remove all the constraints that are preventing you from being creative. You need to be confident about yourself and then allow yourself to think and act in a different way.
- To get creative personally, you need to dedicate yourself to the problems. To get unique and brilliant ideas you can’t rush on to the things. In fact, you need to look into things deeply.
- For creative ideas and processes to come out of you, there are no set rules or logic that has to be followed. Sometimes, it can be as simple as unearthing relevant information, jumping one idea to another, etc.
Leadership competencies like creativity may be lacking in a few leaders. How do you know when this happens? Here are some symptoms:
- Being conservative, cautious, and tactical
- Using tried and tested solutions for unique problems
- Avoiding risks
- Getting involved in too many things at a time
There are a few behavioral indicators that help develop creativity in managers. Here are some of these indicators:
- Maintaining an entrepreneurial spirit and encouraging others to go ahead with ‘smart’ risks
- Challenges the status quo relentlessly to force some improvement
- Motivating others to be resourceful and proactive