What makes someone an artist?
I don’t think it has anything to do with an paintbrush, crayons, color pencils, or markers. There are people who follow numbers, or paint billboards, or work in a small village in China, reproducing the best selling or most popular art work. These individuals, while swell people, aren’t artist. A cook is not an artist. A cook follows a recipe, and he’s a good cook if he follows the recipe correctly. A chef is an artist. She’s an artist when she invents a new way of cooking or a new type of dish that creates surprise or joy or pleasure for the person she created it for.
The artist that I’m bringing to your attention today is that person who influences others, can lead customers, and management. This artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And takes it personally. Art is certainly not limited to painting or sculpture or songwriting. If there is no change, there is no art. If no one experiences it, there can be no change.
I believe that this art of leadership is a personal gift that changes the recipient, that the medium doesn’t matter, the intent does. I second thing I believe is this: the most visceral art is direct, one to one, the artist and the viewer. The art of running a meeting, counseling team members, conducting an workshop, and calming an angry client. That’s why leader’s are one of the most powerful artist around the world. The more people they can influence, the more effective their art (leadership) is.
Question: Are you an artist in your work?