Leadership Craft, Leadership Art

Hardcover | December 15, 2011

bySteven S. Taylor

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Leadership is a creative process in the same way that painting, acting, drawing or other arts are a creative process and the essence of that creative process is in the craft practice, rather than the flash of creative insight. The nature of creativity is explored, with the key points illustrated through examples of artistic practice. The lessons learned are applied to the practice of leadership to create a theoretical and practical understanding of the craft and art of leadership.

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Leadership is a creative process in the same way that painting, acting, drawing or other arts are a creative process and the essence of that creative process is in the craft practice, rather than the flash of creative insight. The nature of creativity is explored, with the key points illustrated through examples of artistic practice. T...

Steven S. Taylor is an associate professor in the School of Business at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. His research is focused in two areas: Organizational aesthetics takes seriously the idea that management is as much an art as it is a science, and applies art-based scholarship and practice to management and or...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:214 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Craft, Art, Creativity, and Leadership * Focus on the Process * Creative Mindset * Passion * Collaboration * Creative Domain * Craft and Art * Leadership in The West Wing (with Yacan Gao and Giuseppe Contini) * Your Own Process * Going Deeper * Developing the Craft and Art of Leadership * Coda: Concluding Reflections

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'Twenty-first century leaders need to be artists as well as analysts. They need to create sustainable options worthy of our humanity.Leadership Craft, Leadership Artgoes a long way toward supporting our understanding and practice of the type of leadership the world most needs.' - Nancy J. Adler, S. Bronfman Chair in Management, McGill University and author ofLeadership Insight'The notion of 'leadership as art' is increasingly being written about, but far too often the tantalizing possibilities of this idea are not realized. Steven Taylor has produced a book which both advances thinking about the relationship between leadership, craft, and art, and provides practical means by which leaders and those developing leaders might bring 'artful leading' alive through their own practices. Highly readable and incorporating many examples from his own experience in theater and as a leadership scholar, Taylor's work is a breath of fresh air and a must-read for those aspiring to leadership mastery.' - Donna Ladkin, professor of Leadership and Ethics, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University and author ofRethinking Leadership'Steven Taylor offers leaders and leadership development practitioners a different way to think about leadership. Taylor is a scholar, artist, and craftsman who has spent his life thinking deeply about leadership, as well as practicing the art and craft of leadership. He clarifies for the reader, the majority of what has been written about the 'art of leadership' is really talking about the 'craft of leadership.' This rich piece of leadership scholarship helps us understand, as Taylor says, that leadership is a craft, at times an art, and always a creative effort. Taylor also courageously asks, what might leaders learn from the craftsman - especially when the system of apprenticeship is how many, if not most people, actually learn the craft of leadership.' - Nick Nissley, EdD, former executive director, Leadership Development at The Banff Centre and dean, Business Technologies, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College