Most successful leaders know that leadership is an art, not a science. They recognize that beyond all the sophisticated systems and theories, the strategies and tactics, leadership is ultimately about intangible things such as timing, intuition, and passion This book shows how successful leaders can master the artistic aspects of their work. It guides readers to the ways that the leadership can be practiced and learned. "The Dance of Leadership" explores the art of leadership by examining the perspectives, training, and insights of artists, most particularly in the fields of music and dance. The authors look at how these people learn their craft, practice their skills, and attain mastery of their art. Then they adapt these lessons from the arts to the experiences of successful leaders in all fields. This book incorporates in-depth interviews with some of the world's premier artists and writers, as well as dozens of leader business, government, the military, and sports. The result is a book that celebrates the art of leadership - but an art that can learned, developed, and practiced.
Preface; 1. Exploring the Art of Leadership: Drawing Lessons from the Arts; A New Language for Leadership; A Final Word; 2. The Interplay of Space, Time, and Energy; The Elements of Dance; Working with Space; Working with Time; Working with Energy; A Final Word; 3. Understanding the Rhythms of Human Interaction; The Roots of Rhythm in the Human Experience; How Rhythms Interact with One Another; The Tempo of Groups and Organizations; Cycles, Stillness, and Non-metric Rhythms; Leading with Rhythm; A Final Word; 4. Communicating in Images, Symbols, and Metaphors; Empathy and Emotion; Evocative Speaking; Physicality and Movement; A Final Word; 5. Improvising with Creativity and Spontaneity; The Elements of Improvisation; Leading Improvisational Organizations; A Final Word; 6. Leading from Within; The Inner Disciplines; The Inner Resources; A Final Word; 7. Learning the Art of Leadership; The Studio Experience; Lessons from Learning the Arts; A Final Word; Appendix: List of Interviews; Artists, Musicians, and Dancers; Leaders in Business, Government, Nonprofit Organizations, Military, Higher Education, and the World of Sports; References; About the Authors; Index.