10 “It Must Give Birth to a World”

Temporality and Creative Leadership for Artistic Innovation

Silviya Svejenova

I regard the past and I work with the future in mind as well.

—Joan Miró (1947–1948), in Rowell (1992: 202)

Even more important than the painting itself is what it gives off, what it projects. … One must not worry about whether a painting will last, but whether it has planted seeds… . A painting must be fertile. It must give birth to a worldit must fertilize the imagination.

—Joan Miró (1959), in Rowell (1992: 252)


This chapter elaborates the notion of creative leadership—the collective phenomenon of leading others toward the attainment of creative outcomes through Facilitating, Directing, or Integrating (Mainemelis, ...

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