Leadership is influence.
Now even if you’re not under the same belief system as John C. Maxwell claims to be, leadership transcends all facets of every individual’s life. And we personally believe that by being a leader (specifically for us in the creative field) the coolest thing is when we receive feedback and form relationships with other creative minds and from there we get to see how their work grows.
Recently I had a conversation with the manager of creative services at UK Healthcare. He told me that the most important quality of a graphic designer is the ability to receive criticism. The downside of being a leader sometimes is just that: the criticism that comes with it. And again, from being in the creative field, criticism - educated and uneducated - is abundant.
But! The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. And to all of the people that we have worked with or will work with and to everyone competing creatively with each other: take whatever you’re given and run with it. Learning to be strong and proud of your work will only make you better at what you do. You will only influence people to the long-term benefit of your craft.
And if you don’t want to take it from HYCO…
Here are words for those of you who relate to Harry Potter: Perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well. (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
And for those of you who relate to hardcore music: I can pick myself up when I’m down with this fire in my heart. (The Effort)
Or for those of you who relate to all things internet.
*The above photo is of Katt Williams.
Here’s what he has to say on the topic.
I think Katt says it best.
I think Catt says it best.
Here at CRYCO, we believe that constructive criticism is beneficial to all parties involved. It is merely the appraisal of another’s work at the critic’s own value. For those of you who can relate to the show where people serenade Paula Abdul with love songs, I present you with this quote: “Constructive criticism is about finding something good and positive to soften the blow to the real critique of what really went on.” - Paula Abdul.
I don’t think anyone watches that show now that she was voted off of the island.
Anyway, in the creative field one must always be prepared for some sort of criticism, and be able to handle it well. The only way to escape criticism is to refrain from doing absolutely anything with an ounce of yourself involved. “Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger.” - Franklin P. Jones.
(He was likely standing in the unemployment line when this was quoted).
This is all very meaningless when you realize that our primary goal is not to criticize, but to add another layer of humor to the daily inside jokes that exist between both parties. Remember, the ability to laugh at oneself is uniquely human.
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