Innovating Through Artistry

If you are an artist are you naturally a leader?

In Emotional Intelligence, Entrepreneurial Tool Box, Leadership on April 16, 2008 at 7:10 am

This quiz was developed by John Cimino, Creative Leaps Intl

Take this little quiz and find out:

Here is a list that Eliot Eisner from Stanford University developed on how the mind processes art:
1.Qualitative relationships in the absence of rules
2.Acting flexibly with purpose to approach a goal
3.Learning to explore possibilities within a medium
4.Using imagination to see multiple perspectives
5.Learning to pay attention to nuance
6.Surrendering to processes rather than leading
7.Learning to use language figuratively
8.Creating emotionally what cannot be expressed literally
9.The qualitative features of the arts and the world

Now here is a list created by The Center for Creative Leadership on the Creative Competencies of Leadership:

1.Noticing – slowing down, taking in more
2.Subtle representation – eye for detail & relationship
3.Fluid perspective – attuned to multiple points of view
4.Using R-mode – non-verbal, intuitive processing
5.Personalizing work – arts interests spill into work
6.Skeptical inquiry – preserving the questions
7.Serious play – learning and exploring without rules
8.Portraying paradoxes, conflicts, unknown – mystery
9.Facility with metaphor – generative thinking
10.Making shared meanings – engaging creative tension

How many, if any, from each list are a mirror image of the other? How many, if any, match?

Ok– Think you have it figured out? Here are the answers:

The Minds Processing of Art
1.Qualitative relationships in the absence of rules
2.Acting flexibly with purpose to approach a goal

matches Creative Competencies
7.Serious play – learning and exploring without rules

The Minds Processing of Art
4.Using imagination to see multiple perspectives
matches Creative Competencies
3.Fluid perspective – attuned to multiple points of view

The Minds Processing of Art
5.Learning to pay attention to nuance
matches Creative Competencies
1.Noticing – slowing down, taking in more

The Minds Processing of Art
7.Learning to use language figuratively
matches Creative Competencies
9.Facility with metaphor – generative thinking

The Minds Processing of Art
8.Creating emotionally what cannot be expressed literally
matches Creative Competencies
4.Using R-mode – non-verbal, intuitive processing

Regardless of how many of these you figured out, we, as artists, need to learn how to develop and use our natural skills to lead. Leaders build their visions, unit people and thrive. It’s time we as natural leaders, and as artists, do too.

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