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Creativity as a trait of highly successful executives; true for general counsel?

A PsyMax study of 240 presidents, CEOs and chief operating officers “found creativity to be the one trait most common to highly successful executives.” This finding, cited briefly by USA Today, June 7, 2006 at 2B, also noted that people who are Meyers-Briggs introverts are among the most creative (See my post of June 11, 2006 about Meyers-Briggs shift toward extroversion.).

Some people have questioned whether teams come up with creative ideas more than do than individuals working alone. The data makes me wonder about the importance of creativity to in-house counsel. Not all solutions to a problem are creative.

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