The Futuristic Tech Leader

A trait of a futuristic tech leader is creative leadership. The word creativity may scare some. It means thinking outside the box, coloring outside the lines. It means daring to look around and envision what lies ahead. And it means questioning the old ways and asking, “Is there a newer, more efficient method?” Most futuristic leaders do this instinctively, but all of us can also learn to think creatively.

Thinking creatively is one of a leader’s primary responsibilities. For things to happen, they have to dream and see the impossible as within their grasp. But too often the people who most need to think creatively lock themselves into one style of thinking. Instead, they need to incorporate three kinds of thinking:

  1. Strategic
  2. Genius
  3. Oblique

Strategic thinking:

Strategic thinking is another name for logical or analytical thinking. We are at point A, and we want to reach point B and then move to point C and onto D. This kind of visioning asks basic questions that can’t be avoided:

  • Who is going to do it?
  • When will it get done?
  • How much is it going to cost?
  • Who is going to be accountable for this project?
  • What are the marks for success and failure?
  • How do we evaluate the success or failure of the venture?
  • How do we know that we want to move from Bto C? Do we stay at B? Should we skip C and got to D?

Genius thinking:

Genius thinking goes beyond strategic thinking. It begins by recognizing the available resources but it also recognizes that the resources are limited. Strategic thinking says. “This is what we have to work with, and this is what we are going to do. This is the amount of money we need, the number of people involved, and the space we require.” The plan is laid out logically. Genius thinking starts at this point and seeks possibilities that others haven’t considered. I like to think of it this way: The difference between a LEADER and a MANAGER. A manager “manages” the resources that are given to him or her by LEADERS.

Leaders say, “We need more space and more workers. Now let’s see what we can do to get more.” They search for creative ways to resource themselves. This isn’t to say that we don’t need managers – we do- but we need LEADERS first and managers to come behind and support them. No one should say that a leader is more important than a manager. If someone were to ask me which is more important, I’d have to respond with my own question: “What wing of the airplane is more important to keep flying? The left or the right?”

Oblique Thinking:

Oblique thinking looks for options that are neither white nor black. Most of the time people think in the terms of either/or when they can be thinking of both/and.

Jermaine Rodriguez

For the past 16+ years, Jermaine Rodriguez has been impacting and influencing music ministries as an orchestra director, music pastor and ministry consultant. Working with some of the world’s most influential worship leaders, Jermaine is considered by his peers to be a “music pastor to music pastors.” With a unique approach to music ministry, Jermaine has inspired many churches with new processes that have propelled music ministries into success across the nation.