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Are creativity and leadership overrated?

Isn't the ability to follow instructions equally important as being creative? The world is dependent on millions who do things over and over again: accountants, repairmen, farmers, and so on. The wages of innovation can often be dismissal or disaster -- whereas the rewards of doing one's job are significant. So too with 'leadership': leaders must always be a tiny minority, because without followers, they are nothing...... Or am I missing something?

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  • Nov 17 2011: I think that there is a certain point where the over hype of creativity and leadership do come in. it is true that sometimes you do just have to be a follower and that can be a great asset to a person, but we are entering the age of creativity. people with the repetitive jobs are getting replaced by machines. pretty soon companies will require a fraction of the number of employees that are doing those mindless repetitive jobs, while the leaders will do nothing but become more important. i do agree that "leadership" may not be the right word because it's less "leading" and more being your own person with your own ideas. innovation is accelerating and while the wages may be disaster but they are also leaps and strides in everything from healthcare to understanding the fundamentals of our universe. innovation as a whole has never been a bad thing. creativity fuels innovation and being your own person has just become more and more important.
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      Nov 18 2011: Perhaps flexibility and adaptability are as important (or more important) than creativity? To simplify, do the economic and political machines *not* need 'new ideas' as much as a labor force/citizenry able to discard the old and adapt to the new? I'm thinking of Charles Darwin's (famous?) quote: "“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

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