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Leadership in Action: Issues and Observations - Making the Connection Between Art and Leadership by Kevin Asbjörnson

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Issues & Observations

Making the Connection Between Art and Leadership

Kevin Asbjörnson

Five years ago I was at a meeting on creative leadership at the Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton, Virginia. During a break I sat down at a piano in a common area. (In addition to being a leadership educator, I am a performing musician and composer, so I couldn't resist.) While I was playing and thinking about the discussions in which I had just taken part, I was struck by the idea that art and leadership are two sides of the same coin.

At that time I had worked for ten years in international business and had come to believe that traditional models of leadership were inadequate for the multidimensional demands inherent in leading others. These models ...

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