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One of the biggest steps we have to take as creatives is working for ourselves, and starting our own business. This can come with its own set of challenges, but it’s nothing to be afraid of. You may think of yourself as a solo worker, but the moment you start working for yourself or step up to a higher position you become a leader. Even if your team is remote, and you have Virtual Assistants or freelancers you’re still a leader.

As they say, with great power comes great responsibility. Working with creatives below you means you have to respect them the way you like to be respected. Your team needs clear boundaries, and most importantly they need your trust. They need you to trust that they know the process it takes to get things done. Being a leader doesn’t mean taking the helm and controlling the ship. It means finding the right people to help you, and nurturing them along the way. Show them why things work, as opposed to just what works.

On this episode of Creative Warriors, I am joined once again by Todd Henry. I can’t get enough of him, this is his third time and I hope to have him on a fourth. If you missed his previous episodes, Todd writes books, speaks internationally on creativity, leadership, productivity, and passion for work, and helps people and teams generate brilliant ideas. In short, he’s an arms dealer for the creative revolution. His latest book is Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need.

Download this episode today and learn how you can arm yourself in the constant creative war we find ourselves in.


“Move from a mindset of control to a mindset of influence.” -Todd Henry 

My book, LINGO: Discover Your Ideal Customer’s Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible is now available for pre-order.

Highlights –

  • Middle management jobs are going away, and people are becoming more creative.
  • A lot of people are thrown into leadership roles they aren’t ready for.
  • Make sure you are clear on team expectations.
  • The creative process needs a unique type of leadership that differs from traditional industries.
  • Move from a mindset of control to a mindset of influence.
  • Creative people need bounded autonomy.
  • Hire the right person, then leave them alone.
  • Stop playing the Superhero.
  • Love is a very active, aggressive thing.

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Resources –

  • 12 Must-Have Mindsets for Uncommon Entrepreneurs! A FREE tool for Creative Warriors to help you get clear on the ways you need to think differently to get the results you want. We’ve been handed a whole bunch of malarky about who we are and how business works that simply doesn’t work for us. It’s time to set it straight! This tool will give you the insights you need to think your way to success as a Creative Warrior and keep you on track.
  • Check out the Creative Warriors RESOURCE page! A collection of the best companies, hand-selected, to help you succeed! You’ll find vendors, services, products, and programs to help you Create, Serve, and Be Prosperous! All these companies have been used and approved by Jeffrey and most are used every day in his business.
  • Music by Jawn


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