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Creatively painting Leadership

You and I live in times of rapid change. Things will never be the same whether you like it or not. It’s time for you and me to think deeply because change demands leadership. There is no such thing as leadership with shallow roots. Rather than wait for things to change we have to reflect on the words of former U.S Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, “We have a responsibility in our time, as others have had in theirs, not to be prisoners of history, but to shape history”

Are you ready to paint? Artists do not always aspire to craft works of beauty. Beauty is neither about fixing the problems nor about being satisfied with “good enough”; rather, it is about reaching for the very best that we can be. Buck mister fuller once said, “When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think of only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong”

An experiment conducted at Yale University demonstrates. The power of viewing paintings to support professional excellence. When medical students were shown paintings in an art history course that Yale had experimentally added to the curriculum, the young doctors’ diagnostic skills increased remarkably. It taught them to appreciate multiple perspectives while not missing the small details.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of the dreams” How important is reflection?

Barrack Obama said, “Leadership always happens in the moment. It does not wait until we are older , or better prepared, or have a larger savings account , or a bigger title. The call is now. The invitation to respond is now. The plea is to do so wisely and with generosity and compassion.

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