The Arts and Leadership - WHY?

A great leader learns from many different fields literature, art, music, history geography etc. By acquiring knowledge from these fields a great leader gains the creativity and innovation, necessary for creating a successful business environment, and to develop into someone who is more aware and ready to face the business world's fast - changing dynamic environment. The arts break ground and bring human consciousness to a new level. It opens doors to thought, invention and communication.

In an excerpt from her "Untitled: Art & Leadership" (Kinneret-Zmora-Dvir Publishing, 2014, translated from the original Hebrew by Seree Zohar), Iris Lavy looks at the ways art can inform leadership.

It is commonly accepted that art represents the world of the spiritual, while business represents that of the material. But they can be more similar than not. Indeed, at a time of constant change and turmoil in so many industries, the business leader can learn much from the artist.

Changes in markets, technology and competition require organizations to switch from managerial modes of running the business to leadership models in which organizations act boldly with vision, imagination, enthusiasm and creativity. These traits can be borrowed – even inspired – from the world of art and artists. Like the artist, the leader must draw on her or his unique personality, values and vision. As with art, business leadership must arouse creative energy, provide inspiration and promote self-expression and out-of-the-box-thinking.

 

Love after Love

In his poem entitled, "Love after Love," Caribbean poet and Nobel Prize winner, Derek Walcott, addresses and illuminates the feelings related to loving ourselves.

 

The time will come

when, with elation

you will greet yourself arriving

at your own door, in your own mirror

and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here.

Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.

Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart

to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored

for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,

peel your own image from the mirror. 

     Sit.

Feast on your life.