What Type of Creative Are You?

In 1983, psychologist Howard Gardner proposed in his book, “Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences,” that intelligence can be divided into types rather than being a one-size-fits-all concept. Expanding on this, business consultant Lynne Levesque, PhD, proposed in 2001’s “Breaking Creativity: Achieving Top Performance Using the Eight Creative Talents” that no single person’s creative mind is alike, either. Rather, there are eight types of creativity—do you see yourself in one of them?

  • The Adventurer: Those who experiment and improvise based on the facts at hand, as well as the five senses; this is known as improvisational creativity.
  • The Navigator: A person who uses adaptive creativity to take what others have done and add onto it with a twist.
  • The Explorer: People who challenge the status quo, implementing catalytic creativity to generate new ideas and opportunities.
  • The Visionary: Those who ask bold questions and looks further into the future; this group uses futuristic creativity.
  • The Pilot: Using strategic creativity, Pilots design and implements plans to make ideas a reality in an organization.
  • The Inventor: People who provide unusual insights into a challenge and analyze the solution, using paradigm shifting creativity.
  • The Diplomat: A person who nurtures an environment that brings out the team’s creativity; this is known as collaborative creativity.
  • The Poet: Using thoughtful counsel creativity, Poets encourage reflections and articulation of an organization’s values and appreciates quiet beauty. 

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