3 Ways Leadership Can Inspire Creativity at Work

Elizabeth Gilbert’s most famous work–Eat, Pray, Love–reads something like a fantasy trip: Time for self-reflection; and of course, pizza. But in her newest book, Big Magic, Gilbert explores a topic more widespread (and closer to home): The idea of creativity.

Before you dismiss the topic as just another flight of fancy, consider some of the things you use or interact with every day that are the direct result of a creative mind. From the songs you listen to on Spotify to the Pop-Tart you ate on the way to work and pinging your coworker on Slack, all of these things were once just a “what if?” in someone’s mind.

According to Gilbert, inspiring creativity may be less of an exercise in brainstorming, and more of a show of trust and courage. And, if you want your employees to be more creative in their approach and problem-solving skills, a few of Big Magic’s main points might be the ideal place to start.

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