If you were to ask me what my leadership style was, I’d have to say I am curious. When a difference in opinion arises, I default to questions rather than asserting my point of view. I’ve found this to be quite valuable in my creative direction. When I ask an individual or my team why they made a decision it gives me the opportunity to listen and allow them to be heard. I am human and sometimes I can be wrong. I love the opportunity to learn and view problems from a new lense. From there it’s easy to guide the conversation to more of a discussion and allow everyone to arrive at the best resolution together.
I believe it’s important as a creative leader to inspire and create an environment where everyone has an equal voice in the room. Sometimes being heard can mean all the difference to an employee’s happiness in the organization. It promotes collaboration and respect among the team. When you have the respect of the team, it’s much easier to make the tough decisions less abrasive to the receiving party.