“The more you’re like yourself, the less you’re like anyone else, which makes you unique.” Walt Disney
I’ve just spent the week with some of the most creative people I’ve ever met. It was a room filled with songwriters, authors, poets, and ideation experts. The atmosphere was buzzing every day with innovation, ideas, and that intangible “X” factor we call creativity. I was home.
Our theme for the re:Create2015 Conference, hosted by uber-creative Randy Elrod, was about having the courage to be who you are, not what you do. This theme wasn’t wasted on me. At a time in my own life in which I’m rediscovering who I am in fresh ways, each session seemed tailor-made to help me remember the nearly 40 years of creativity I’ve been part of in songwriting, publishing, ministry, and especially in helping others find their own creative voices.
I realize afresh today that leadership isn’t about me or us as leaders. It’s really about helping others find their value and their creative spark to be unique and make a difference. We make a difference by bringing out the best in others. For me, the big takeaway from the week is what I’m adopting as my new mantra: “Love God. Do art. Lead well.”
Thank you, Randy, and all the other great presenters at re:Create2015!