Leadership Blurb #4

“You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain

Imagination is the ability to form a mental image of something that is not perceived through the senses. It is the ability of the mind to build mental scenes, objects or events that do not exist, are not present or have happened in the past.

It gives the ability to look at any situation from a different point of view, and enables one to mentally explore the past and the future.

A developed and strong imagination strengthens your creative abilities, and is a great tool for recreating and remodeling your world and life.

We use our imagination everyday, whenever we plan a trip, our work or a meeting. We use it when we describe an event, explain how to arrive to a certain street, write, tell a story or cook a cake.

Imagination is a creative power that is necessary for inventing an instrument, designing a dress or a building, painting a picture or writing a book. The creative power of imagination has an important role in the achievement of success in any field.

There were two essential ingredients, behind the genius of Churchill’s wartime leadership. Imagination and Courage. Great leaders are those who have great imagination and great courage. Imagination is a more encompassing idea than vision.
To be imaginative, however, as a leader, is to cultivate a finely balanced ability to imagine a future possibility and also see with clarity all the possible ways to be able to communicate that vision as realistic and achievable. Churchill cultivated each of these processes of the truly imaginative person. He had a solid grasp of the contemporary world crisis that he faced. This gave him the ability to be a realistic visionary, and he also possessed the gifts of an artist, to articulate and demonstrate a picture of what can be, a picture that all can participate in creating.

Imagination is about creating a new story, a new picture that also is attainable to the everyday person. It’s the ability to both see what is not yet, and what can be…

Tim Keel wrote a book called Intuitive Leadership where he says that
Imagination is critical to leadership. The Holy Spirit is the source of our imagination. Instead of imagination, we make decisions using modern epistemology: we are rational and objective to the point we create a culture of reductionism. Truth & Knowledge become universal and generic guides and three-step plans become the norm. A perfect storm has developed that effects the local leader. Leadership becomes the right application of technique and models instead of a desire to be imaginative and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. This creates leaders who follow experts blindly. We do not truly believe with our hearts and minds that God’s Spirit is alive and active where we are.

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