Chapter 14

Masters of Leadership

Perhaps it is best to begin a chapter on pedagogy with a simple fact. Some of the greatest artists and businesspeople had little formal education. Certainly Rembrandt never received a diploma for a master’s in fine arts, nor did artists such as Picasso or de Kooning. Jackson Pollock never finished high school. Cornelius Vanderbilt left school at age 11; Henry Ford left the family farm at 17 to become an apprentice machinist in Detroit; and as everyone knows, tech titans Bill Gates and Larry Ellison never finished college. Nevertheless, today both the MFA and MBA are ubiquitous degrees and nearly essential credentials in the arts and business, respectively. Recruiters eagerly look for the abbreviations on résumés. ...

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