At work, we most often see people complaining about a certain unfavorable condition or a bully boss or a non-cooperating team member but no one does anything to change or come out of that situation.\u00a0 Most of us must have heard during our appraisal meetings that we must do something \u201coutside the box\u201d to get a good rating and maybe a promotion but very few of us understand what this \u2018outside the box\u2019 means. We are so locked into thinking in a linear way that we fail to notice that innovations and inventions emerge from thinking in a non-linear fashion.\r\n\r\nAccording to a World Economic Forum report, creativity is one of the top three most important skills for future workers. But can creativity be taught? If so, how? \u00a0We would say yes; people\u2019s creative abilities can be improved.\r\n\r\nEveryone is creative but in very different ways and to varying degrees. Leaders and managers can coach and mentor their team members to be more creative. Although personality traits of an individual could be a hinderance, still creativity can be nurtured through deliberate interventions.\r\nIn this blog, we will offer some tips for leaders and managers which will assist them while attempting to coach creativity.\r\nGive constructive feedback\r\nGiven that most people have different creative abilities, it\u2019s imperative for a leader to provide individuals with constructive feedback. Regular feedback will ensure that the people understand their flaws and start making efforts to overcome them. This will encourage them to think creatively and come up with new ideas to perform better. By giving constructive feedback a leader can help encourage people to take more risks in the way they think.\r\nProvide training and coaching\r\nExperiential learning can play a very critical role in enhancing creative performance of the people. For example, coaching people to detect novel ideas, take on challenging tasks, and perform outside their main area of expertise, all this and more can help boost creativity. Even day-to-day challenges like finding a different way to complete routine tasks or taking on new hobbies and activities can have a positive impact on your creativity.\r\nAssign people the tasks they enjoy\r\nOne of the most effective ways in which leaders can boost creativity in individuals is through motivation. \u00a0For example, give the team the tasks they enjoy most, especially those tasks that can help them go beyond linear thinking and explore something \u2018outside the box\u2019. In the words of Carl Jung, \u201cThe creative mind plays with the object it loves\u201d.\r\nMeditation and relaxation\r\nLeaders can also boost creativity by encouraging the team to meditate and get involved in activities that soothe their minds. Managers themselves should practice meditation. The more relaxed and mindful leaders are, the more they are likely to inculcate and encourage creative ideas in others.\r\n\r\nCreativity comes with practice and constant effort. Picasso once said, \u201ceveryone is born an artist, the challenge is remaining one as we grow up\u201d.\r\n\r\nDo you have some creative ideas that have worked well for your team? Write to us and share your experience at firstname.lastname@example.org.\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re looking to roll out some creative, experiential learning sessions in your organization,\u00a0let us know\u00a0and we would be happy to customize a fun and interactive session for your team!