7 Quandaries of Leading a Team of Creatives

I love having creatives on the teams I lead, but, honestly, they can make leading much messier.

Leading creatives can be difficult. In fact, I love having creatives on the teams I lead, but, honestly, they can make leading much messier.

In case you’re wondering, here’s a definition of a creative: relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.

Creatives’ minds are always wandering. It makes leading a team meeting harder. They get bored easily. They are never completely satisfied.

And before you creatives get too defensive … just so you know …

I’m a creative.

I’m not an artsy creative. I don’t paint, do music, etc. And that always confused me and kept me from considering myself one.

But I’m a dreamer. I have a vivid imagination.

I’ve never met a day I didn’t have a new idea. My mind wanders quickly—randomly—often.

Wait, what were we talking about?

Oh, yeah, creatives.

When I began to understand these things about myself, it helped me understand the minds of other creatives on our team.

And I love creatives being on the team. They bring new ideas. They stretch others. They add energy. They challenge mediocrity.

One huge paradigm for me was realizing the quandaries of being a creative. I think that’s the word. A quandary—“a state of perplexity,” confusion.

It is in some of these quandaries that might make us creatives more difficult to lead.

See what I mean … and see if this is familiar to you—or the creatives you lead.

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Ron Edmondson
Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping church grow vocationally for over 10 years.