chapter  7
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Learning the Art of Leadership

Wo have said that there are not only parallels between art and leadership, but that there are certain key elements of leadership that are fully artistic in nature. These essential features of the art of leading are common to leadership at all levels of society, whether in families, small groups, large organizations, or societies, and in all sectors, whether public, private, nonprofit, the military, education, or sports. There are certain things that people do and certain personal qualities they exhibit that "connect" with others by creating an emotional bond between the leader and the follower that people experience as social energy. As this energy is given shape and direction through the interactions of members of the group or organization, we can say that the group has been energized or, to put it differently, an act of leadership has occurred. The act of leading results in a flow of human energy in a particular direction and at a particular speed and tempo.