Similarities Between Leaders and Artists


Producing art has a lot in common with genuine leadership. This article explains how two deep subjects display similar characteristics.

The path to real leadership is a journey that starts with attaining an understanding of who you really are. The moral leadership of others requires that you first understand your personal perspectives and values, vision and mission in life. When producing any type of art, a similar journey must be undertaken for you to ultimately produce quality work with meaning. You must understand your values, vision, and mission to ensure that the art you produce is real and that you are following the truth.

Developing leadership qualities requires more time. It doesn’t happen very fast. Most people in tribal communities believe that a leader is born. This is true, but a leader can also be made. This is not the common leadership of the military or any cooperate body in which a person exhibits certain managerial skills like possessing the ability to take initiative.

Just like an artist, a true leader spends many years learning the craft of management. This involves a set of skills enabling them to accomplish objectives and goals by coordinating a group of people and overseeing their production. A true leader helps his team to manage their time, relate to people and acquire new skills. A leader also helps people to move forward pursue that vision for the common good.

An artist, after mastering all the required craft in their field must excel beyond craftsmanship and move toward the truth by having a vision. The same way a leader engages the dreams, hopes, and aspirations of his/her followers and guides them toward his/her vision fulfillment, so will the artist through a series of thoughtful methods make his listeners/observers share the same vision as his.

The usual question that sometimes faces people learning about true leadership is this: Do you consider Hitler a leader? The answer is no because an authentic leadership cannot exist without an ethical foundation.

So, whether leader or artist, many of the same qualities can surface during this journey. The ultimate end will surely be different, but the rules of engagement, the orchestration, and the passion of pursuit can be very closely related.