Leadership Craft, Leadership Art

ISBN-10: 0230338933

ISBN-13: 9780230338937

Edition: 2012

Authors: Steven 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.  Taylor leads us through creativity as it relates to leadership and the five stages of theory behind the idea: 1) preparation, 2) time-off (or incubation), 3) the spark, 4) selection, and 5) elaboration. Although that sounds like a nice linear progression, it is generally acknowledged to be more of a repeating pattern in an ongoing spiral with elaboration feeding into the next round of preparation. Although this set of stages is useful for analytically thinking about the creative process, it doesn’t really capture the essence of creativity as a practice and in some ways fundamentally misleads us into thinking that the creative process can be understood and perhaps learned as a series of distinct stages that consist of different tasks. Nonetheless, with those caveats in mind, he explores the stages in more detail in an effort to offer some insight into the different things that are going on within the creative/leadership. Looking at the creative process in terms of these five stages helps us move away from the romantic notion of creativity as an act of divine inspiration and focus on the hard work of creativity as a process. He then takes the reader through the practical application of the theory andLeadership Craft, Leadership Artexamines art and craft as analogies, metaphors and literal guides to developing leadership practice as well as knowledge of the processes through which leading occurs, from one-to-one to one-to-many.
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Book details

List price: $115.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 12/15/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 199
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Steven S. Tayloris an Associate Professor with 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 organizations. Reflective practice is the ability to analyze our own actions and learn from that how to be more effective, ethical, and artful as managers and leaders. At the heart of his work as a researcher and teacher is his own practice as a playwright. His plays have been performed in England, France, Poland, Canada, New Zealand, Italy, and the USA. From his work in the theater he has come to realize that learning is a whole body sport and this belief influences both his research and teaching.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Craft, Art, Creativity, and Leadership
Theory
Focus on the Process
Creative Mind-Set
Passion
Collaboration
Creative Domain
Craft and Art
Practice
Leadership in the West Wing (With Yacan Gao and Giuseppe Contini)
Your Own Process
Going Deeper
Developing the Craft and Art of Leadership
Coda: Final Reflections
Notes
References
Index
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