Building prosperous organizations through creative Leadership
The 1st Symposium of the SEV Center of Excellence in Creative Leadership took place on February 12, 2020 at the Lighthouse of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. The event coincided with the Center’s one-year anniversary and featured distinguished speakers from Greece’s leading industries.
Participants and speakers at the Symposium shared practice-relevant insights about best practices related to creative leadership internationally and in Greece.
But what exactly do creative leaders do? As recent research suggests, depending on the characteristics of the business and professional context in which companies operate, creative leadership can appear in one of the following shapes or forms:
As facilitating. This is the common form of creative leadership across most industry sectors, whereby leaders tend to facilitate the creativity of the individuals and teams they manage.
As directing. This type of creative leadership is common in sectors where the creative identity of the product/service is key and creative leaders generate themselves a creative vision and direct others towards its materialization.
As integrating. In this type, creative leaders synthesize heterogeneous creative inputs into a final creative product or service. This form of creative leadership is more common in sectors where work is highly complex and interdependent.
Moreover, to monitor how creative leadership in Greece is delivered and practiced, the Center carries out an applied research to identify companies in Greece which:
(a) provide a work environment that systematically inspires and promotes creative behavior among a large number of their employees;
(b) offer products or services that carry the unique creative identity of a top leader or founder; or/and
(c) produce complex products or services that integrate the creative work of various professionals.
During the Symposium, participants were exposed to the multifarious aspects of creative leadership in a variety of industries, from manufacturing to technology, to digital entrepreneurship, to creative economy (design, advertising, film production, fashion, film direction, gastronomy, etc.) and others, and will come to realize that, when done right, creative leadership can guarantee the growth, prosperity and longevity of companies and organizations.
Download the Symposium's agenda (in Greek) here
Download the Symposium's speakers Bios here
Section A | Discussion 1: Laying the groundwork for a more creative future
Section B | Discussion 2: Innovation as the outcome of leadership decisions with a long-term horizon
Section B | Discussion 3: Nurturing the creativity of the human capital
Section C| Discussion 4: The identity of the creative leader
Section D| Discussion 5: The creative leader as connective tissue
Section D | Discussion 6: Creative leadership and digital transformation
Section D | Discussion 7: Collaborative leadership and co-creation beyond boundaries of space and time
Section D | Discussion 8: Co-creation and symbiotic careers
An alternative “on stage” interview with the Duo Violins.