Handbook of Research on Leadership and Creativity
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Handbook of Research on Leadership and Creativity

Edited by Michael D. Mumford and Sven Hemlin

The rapid pace of technological change and globalization of products, competition and services have conspired to place a new premium on innovation for firms across the world. Although many variables influence creativity and innovation, the effective leadership of creative teams has proved especially important. This timely Handbook presents the state of the art for what leaders must do to lead creative teams and how they should do it.
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Chapter 22: Aesthetic leadership in the arts

Arja Ropo, Donatella De Paoli and Ralph Bathurst


This chapter addresses creative leadership in a creative domain, the arts and art organizations. In fact, one might even expect that leading creative work would call for creative ways of leading. The authors use an aesthetic approach to leadership to discuss the theme. By aesthetic they refer to sense-based perceptions, embodied ways of relating to each other, intuition, and emotions. They provide empirical examples of leadership aspects that are especially important in artistic contexts. The illustrations are from the performing arts, especially from the fields of music and theatre. Reflexive awareness, dwelling in senses, interrogating senses, and being tuned to the rhythm of the artistic process were found to be important. Listening, gazing, and embodied gestures are examples of aesthetic leadership practices.

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