The creative director is the person with artistic control at a company. Creative directors may be most common in advertising, where they are responsible for managing the creative vision of the agency and it's advertising campaigns. However, you can find creative directors in other fields, especially those with an entertainment element, such as computer game development, fashion and film production. Creative directors are part visionary, part manager, and to be appointed as one is a very prestigious honour. The ability to work very long hours, plan meticulously and to be held accountable if a project underperforms is essential. The ability to generate new and innovative ideas is paramount. Creative directors need to be 'big thinkers', but also have an intuitive grasp for what grabs customer attention and makes people talk about a business. As a creative director you'll also need to be willful, able to champion and stand up for your own ideas, along with the possessing the ability to carry them through to completion. You also need to be extremely skilled at interpreting the needs of your client, whilst also being able to relay back to them how your ideas are going to meet those needs. A famous (although fictional) example of a Creative Director is Don Draper from the TV series Mad Men.
The creative director needs to combine an artistic flair with an aptitude for business and project management. Most job specifications stipulate years of management experience and a very broad skillset. This is required because the creative director needs a good understanding of every creative facet of the project.
In advertising most creative directors are expected to have at least passable skills in graphic design, web design, art direction, copywriting, and video production, along an understanding of sales and marketing. The director also needs the ability to inspire workers and rally a team of 'creatives' under his or hers artistic vision for the project, which can be a lot harder than it sounds. This means strongly developed people skills are very important.