The Art of Leadership By Dag Heward-Mills
One of the cardinal marks of a good leader is his creative ability. Every leader aims at survival, growth and increase in relation to his work. No one wants to be stagnant and no one wants to retrogress. Indeed, one of the ways to assess the performance of a leader is to find out whether he brought growth and progress or stagnation and retrogression during his watch. Here are some lessons every leader should know about man’s creativity.
- God created man in His image and therefore man is innately creative. The creativity of God is seen in all creation. Creativity is seen in the innovations, inventions and ideas that men come up with. A leader will either use his creativity or not. The world is divided into rich and poor. Most of the poor sections are populated by people who do not use their God-given creativity. And God said, LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
- God gave man the authority to finish the work of creation. Man has the ability to be so creative that God left the finishing of His creation to man. Man was given the awesome job of labelling and naming the created beings.
And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every fowl of the air; and BROUGHT THEM UNTO ADAM TO SEE WHAT HE WOULD CALL THEM: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
- Men became creators of evil things. Men misused the creative power God gave them and began to invent evil things.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, INVENTORS OF EVIL THINGS, disobedient to parents,
- A lack of creativity gives rise to “diminishing returns”. The returns you get from fishing, farming and mining diminish as the years go by. That is why these activities are called “diminishing returns” activities. When people lack creativity, they are forced to live off the natural resources of their land. This gives rise to farming, fishing and mining as the main activities of the people. These diminishing returns activities also give rise to hunger, poverty, migrations and wars. Diminishing returns is recorded in the Bible. In the book of Genesis it is stated that the land could not sustain the people.
For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land wherein they were strangers could not bear them because of their cattle.
- A lack of creativity causes poverty. It is a fact that as time goes by, land yields less and less to its owners. This reality is the reason for several patterns that are seen in human life and experience. As the natural resource is mined, it diminishes. If, however, the mined raw material is made into something creative, the returns on the resource tend to increase.
- A lack of creativity gives rise to migrations. Large numbers of people migrating in search of greener pastures are evidence of the fact that land yields less and less as the years go by. This reality has given rise to the nomadic lifestyles of many of the peoples on earth. The Bible has clear examples of how diminishing returns from the land gave rise to migrations. “For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land wherein they were strangers could not bear them because of their cattle” (Genesis 36:7).
- A lack of creativity gives rise to wars. Wars between nations, tribes and people groups have often been fought over land. They fight because they have no way of prospering without acquiring more land or taking the riches of other people. When a leader employs creative ways of using the land he has, he can be content because of the prosperity arising from the creative use of the land. On the other hand, the need for more land for the purposes of farming and mining has inspired numerous wars. Hitler invaded Russia because he wanted the land resource of Russia to feed his superior German civilization. Dear Leader, are you going to walk in your God-given mandate to be creative? May you be endowed with wisdom to walk in creativity!