While everyone is creative, individuals are not alike in their creativity since there is no one "best" way to be creative. While there are a variety of techniques for identifying a leader's creative talents, the Breakthrough Creativity approach with the Eight Creative Talents model is a powerful tool that has helped many leaders from all over the world. It's a structured approach to help define a leader's favorite creative talents and then figure out how to be more consistent, purposeful and effective in producing creative results.
Of course, many other factors shape creative accomplishment, such as organizational climate, childhood experiences, family dynamics, ethnic origin, even gender. However, a leader's cognitive preferences for perceiving data and making decisions play a major role in shaping a leader's creative contributions and results. They can also affect the way leaders communicate, lead a team or project, or address the challenges of innovation and change.
Combining her creativity research with the psychological types of Swiss psychologist Carl G. Jung (1888-1961), Lynne has defined eight creative talents — all equal in value. Each of the eight creative talents can produce creative results — just different ones. And while leaders develop preferences for one or two of the talents, they still have access to all eight talents, with practice!
Four of the talents are used to collect data about the challenges leaders face. They are:
The other four creative talents are used to make decisions about that information. They are:
1 In the book Breakthrough Creativity: Achieving Top Performance Using the Eight Creative Talents this talent was called the "Harmonizer" talent. However, that label proved difficult to translate into other languages, and thus has been changed to "Diplomat" in order to recognize the growing use of the Breakthrough Creativity model around the globe.
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