I recently had an article published entitled Cultivating Dynamic Leadership through Creativity.
I give three examples of leadership in a creative venue:
- She leads through her curiosity and sensible risk taking, and all emerge with new understanding and innovative methods.
- She leads with empathy, which drives her to connect and comfort others.
- She leads through her belief in the power of possibility, discovery, research and experimentation.
When a friend of mine read the article, and these examples, she said “I wonder if people just read these examples, if they’d know who you are writing about.”
I wonder that, too!
So, who do you think she (or he) might be?
A teacher? An entrepreneur? An artist? An IT professional? A psychologist? A parent? A scientist? A researcher? A doctor?
While each are suitable guesses, they are not who I had in mind when I wrote.
I didn’t write of a professional, or even of an adult. Instead, I wrote of my kindergarten students.
They are remarkable, strong, powerful children. While they are fantabulous, these characteristics are not unique to them. All children, have incredible strength, power and potential.
My teaching practice is informed by my belief in this profound power and potential of children. I try, as best I can, to allow my teaching, and my reflection, to be nourished and driven by the “joy, passion, wonder and conviction” of my understanding of the truth of the strong, powerful child. (Managing the Classroom for Creativity, James 2015)
Children are natural leaders. Placed in an environment that enables and encourages creativity, their innate leadership abilities germinate, increase and flourish.
James, M. (2017). Cultivating Dynamic Leadership Through Creativity. KPS Voyager, 2017, 8. (https://issuu.com/kentplace/docs/voyager2017_final?e=1889902/47525909)
James, M. (2015). Managing the Classroom for Creativity. Journal of Creative Education Vol. 6, No. 10, 1032-1043 (http://file.scirp.org/pdf/CE_2015061915593867.pdf)