Defining creative energy

Body, Mind & Soul of Creative Leaders

What makes the field of creativity exciting is its essential nature of constant innovation. Every creative leader brings with him his unique experience to the table and that’s what keeps the creative core fresh forever.

Rahul Bose, an actor, Chetan Bhagat, a writer and Prahalad Kakkar, the veteran ad guru came on stage together last week in Bangalore to speak about guts and entrepreneurship. Different ages, different approaches, different disciplines but held together by the common thread of creative urge.

While Rahul Bose is driven by what he terms his inner moral compass, Prahlad Kakkar is driven by the sheer force of creative instinct, whereas Chetan Bhagat lets his self belief and the breaking of assumptions drive him.

This triad energy of soul, body and mind defines the nature of each creative leader, marking a signature style to creativity. For what else can it be but the soul that gives direction, mind that applies intelligence to seize opportunities and bodily instinct the survivor’s only tool to rely upon when everything else fails?

The moral compass is the one that guides you in your creative journey. It is the one that separates a Hitler from a Gandhi. It’s the one that speaks to you when you are all by yourself, it’s the voice you have been listening to ever since you were a child, the invisible hand that’s been leading you, even if you happen to be an atheist. This is then the moral compass that sets the roadmap for everything you embark on, be it a public endeavor or a private enterprise.

The need to break assumptions, to break rules that are defunct and perhaps destructive as well, is what led Chetan Bhagat to dwell on Five Point Someone, which was later produced into a movie by Amir Khan titled The Three Idiots. The single-minded determination to go on despite getting continuous rejection letters from several publications carved Chetan’s road to success.

As for Kakkar, he’s the life blood of Indian advertising who brought in a touch of humour to the then existing colonial and snobbish nature of commercials. He added a tinge of Indian flavour, mish mashed it with bilinguals, humour and inspired the youth from remote corners of India to dream big despite their impoverished conditions, so much so that even today, the young sing along in unanimity “yeh dil mange more!”

Innovation is all about breaking assumptions, focus is but the single minded approach to your work stemmed from immense self belief, and the courage to go on despite an unchartered territory is what brings glory. This then, is the saga of every creative leader who has been successful.

What kind of a creative leader are you?

5 Responses

  1. Ashish Didwania
    December 25, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Very rightly stated,’Innovation is all about breaking assumptions …’, both self imposed and externally bestowed.

    So, How can you break assumptions ? Well, keeping assumptions in mind and floating on its belief always keeps you in a state of dilemma. You constantly try to give weightage to your assumptions, but internally at core you are confused/unsure about the effectiveness of self believed assumptions. For removing the clouds of confusion, one can resort to the technique of ‘iteration’. You have to be ready to try out your ideas on the field repetitively and through the mechanism of feedback judge the effectiveness.

  2. R Pavan Kumar
    November 25, 2013 at 5:46 am

    As argued by Malcolm Gladwell in his famous book “Blink”, our intuition somehow knows what is to be done. A leader, either consciously or subconsciously, develops the art of listening to his/her inner voice which is always there to guide.

    To aid the inner voice a leader must cultivate a set of core values, values which will act as a moral compass. In case of a confusion, a leader would consult the core values set by him/her and then take a decision.

    The art of setting core values takes a lot of forward thinking and most importantly a grand vision.

    1. jyothi
      November 25, 2013 at 7:18 am

      hi Pavan,

      You are spot on ‘on the art of setting core values’. Many a ship has veered off course in a blink due to lack of direction.

      thanks for stopping by.

  3. Akansha
    October 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Every creative leader has his own signature style that differentiates him from the others. The challenge faced by companies today is to keep the creativity alive while delivering the client’s requirements. But if soul, body and mind are together put to use, a balance can be created.
    Very rightly said, ‘bodily instinct is the only survivor’s tool to rely upon when everything else fails’ because some of the best creative works developed are purely based on instincts.

  4. Abhijoy
    November 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Captivating stuff Jyothi.

    The true essence cum learning lies in realizing the significance of creativity, innovation and leadership skills in the modern-day scenario.

    Creativity cuts across all disciplines and no discrimination is encouraged amongst leaders of change. It is a well-known truth that leaders should showcase empathy, lead by example etc. etc., well it’s time to move on and change the very dynamics of leadership.

    Changing existing perceptions in our society, shouldering greater challenges and responsibilities, adapting to the “only constant known as change” are few of the new-age attributes characterizing leaders of today.

    Creativity, innovation and leadership go hand-in-hand just like long-lost siblings straight out of a Bollywood flick, Bollywood ishstyle.

    More viewpoints encouraged.