If you find yourself in an interview for a new job and the interviewer asks you what you think your greatest strength is, don’t answer, “My imagination.” The likely response will be “OK. Let’s see—nope. I have no other questions for you. Thank you for your time. I’ll call you if I need you.” And that’s the last you’ll ever hear from the prospective employer.
If creative leaders are said to be so valuable to our businesses, then why do we fear the imagination of our workers? After all, the imagination is the creative faculty of the mind. We need creative thinkers, and creative thinking requires imagination. Maybe one of the reasons that imagination hasn’t been so valued in business settings or in academia is because imagination ...