Role of A Creative Director: Look to Three Components for Success
A leader can leave directions, show volunteers exactly what buttons to push at exactly the right moment, but the true test of leadership, is in releasing.
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A large part of your role as a Creative Director is simply to relay or cast vision effectively. This enables you to create beautiful environments, tell powerful stories, and build dynamic teams.
3. A Creative Director Releases Leaders. Great leaders don’t develop followers, they develop other leaders.
In any ministry, leaders are responsible for developing, then releasing volunteers into action. Anyone can delegate tasks for someone else to do. You can leave directions, show them exactly what buttons to push at exactly the right moment, but the true test of leadership, is in releasing.
As a Creative Director, you are tasked with identifying potential, developing that potential into leadership, and then releasing that leader to train and develop more leaders.
The “Leadership Cycle” if you will, is nothing new, but it remains the key component in any successful ministry model. If you’re curious to know if you are doing this well, you can evaluate yourself by doing any of the following or asking these questions:
1. Look around your ministry to see if your hands are on every aspect of every project. If so, there is a good chance you aren’t releasing.
2. Ask a couple of key leaders on your team - Have I released you, or do you feel like I watch over your shoulder making sure a job is done correctly? Make sure you begin this type of conversation, with the assurance that you won’t be upset, regardless of the answer.
3. Are you seeing volunteers come and go from your ministry, or are they serving and thriving under your leadership?
Chances are, if you are succeeding as a Creative Director, then you are leading responsibly, relaying vision clearly, and releasing leaders effectively. I believe that it takes all three of these components to be effective and successful.
If you find yourself not leading in all three of these areas, you may still garner success for a while, but it ultimately will not last. Most likely you will either burn out, move on, or become a lid to your organization’s success.
• Leading responsibly and relaying vision is great, while not releasing leaders will leave you exhausted and burned out.
• Developing and releasing leaders, while not managing them responsibly, or relaying clear vision will only frustrate your leaders. Craig Groeschel says, “Trust without clarity, produces work without direction.”
• Relaying vision and releasing leaders will work for a while, but without cultivating those relationships and shepherding those leaders, you will be left with a dry and lonely ministry.
My challenge to you as a Creative Director is this, build a dynamic team by leading them responsibly, communicating clearly, and developing leaders. Earn the trust of your senior leaders by stewarding the resources you are entrusted with, bringing their ideas to life, and keeping Christ at the center of it all.
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