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Today's Big Idea: Creative Leadership

The Big Idea for Friday, October 12, 2012

The leadership self-help industry isn’t heavy on nuance. Leaders are busy, so bestselling books tend to be short and to the point, and they tend to fall into one of two camps: those that advocate for a return to a traditional, top-down approach, and those that view leadership as a kind of secular gurudom – top-down inspiration of bottom-up innovation. 

“Artistic types” tend to find leadership a particularly awkward fit, and more traditional leaders find “creatives” a real challenge to lead. President John Maeda, of the Rhode Island School of Design, recommends a middle way – a flexibility in leadership style that allows for decisiveness when necessary and flexibility when it’s the wisest approach. 

Perspectives

  1. 1 The New Tao of Leadership (with John Maeda)
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  2. 2 The Narcissistic Leader: Not as Good as He (Or You) May Think
    Maria Konnikova Artful Choice
  3. 3 Of Lemmings and Leadership (with Jim Collins)
    Jason Gots Inside Employees' Minds
  4. 4 Finding Meaning in the Workplace
    John Mackey
 

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