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About the Author

Dr. Michael O’Malley has been a human resource consultant to the Fortune 1000 for more than 30 years. He is a frequent keynote speaker at international events and is the bestselling author of Are You Paid What You’re Worth?, Creating Commitment, Leading with Kindness, and The Wisdom of Bees. He has previously taught at Vanderbilt University, the University of Colorado, and Columbia University.
Dr. William F. Baker is emeritus president of the Educational Broadcasting Corporation and directs the Bernard L. Schwartz Center for Media, Education, and Public Policy at Fordham University, where he is also Journalist-in-Residence and a professor in the Graduate School of Education. He is also Distinguished Professor of Media & Entertainment at the IESE Business School in Barcelona. Baker has won seven Emmys for his work in broadcasting and is an inductee in the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Management Hall of Fame.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (June 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071778578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071778572
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When it comes to Leadership, there's rarely a new twist on the subject; what it is; how it's developed and how to learn or acquire leadership. So, the title "Every Leader Is An Artist" is quite refreshing.

The Introduction started to set the scene well in a quest for this illusive quality, trait, characteristic, role, or call it what you will. As authors O'Malley and Baker point out; "There is no common formulation, method of development, or means of evaluation for leadership". So, it was surprising to see that they then proceeded to list their 12 criteria for leadership. Starting with "Intent" and concluding with "Criticism" these may be quite admirable criteria. However, I could find no sound research or empirical evidence to support their claims. This is indeed unfortunate as their theory of how leadership can be honed through learning from some of the classic artists, is a good one.

Perhaps the authors might argue that the book and its leadership criteria are not meant to be the ultimate definition of leadership or how to acquire it. Rather it is intended to act as a spur or stimulus for managers to refine their leadership skills.

As the authors suggest, like artists, leaders put their work on display every day, in front of judgemental, and discriminating, audiences. Like artists, leaders strive to be better and perfect over time. O'Malley and Baker then proceed to provide twelve chapters that illustrate how artists and art can inform the development of each one of their twelve criteria.

As a critique of leadership development, the authors also devote a chapter to the limitations of the MBA degree and how it might be improved. I found their four improvement suggestions admirable:

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I loved this book. I loved the metaphors and the references to art. However, I cited several areas of the book in a paper and one particular mediocre, backwards thinking hillbilly professor not only hated it, he thought the concepts from the book were stupid and cliche. I however, as a person who values people over process, thought this book was innovative and very beneficial. I highly recommend this book unless of course you need to write a paper for a mediocre, backwards thinking, bullying professor. Then you might want to avoid referencing anything in this wonderfully refreshing leadership book.
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I read Every Leader is an Artist - How the World's Greatest Artists Can Make You a More Creative Leader by Michael O'Malley and William Baker (Both PhD's).

I do not consider myself to be artistic. I cannot draw worth anything. I am also highly utilitarian oriented and tend to undervalue art. But I am highly creative. This creativity has served me well in business.

Leaders, like artists put their work on display every day in front of judgmental and discerning audiences.

O'Malley and Baker have distilled 12 successful characteristics of artists that can be applied to leadership. They call them leadership criteria. I like that they acknowledge there is not one success formula that fits all situations or leaders.

Some of the 12 criteria:

1 - Intent. Make a commitment to achieve exceptional ends. I found this inspirational.

2 - Focus. I have often had concern that my creativity has limited my focus. I often jump from idea to idea. Every successful person I know is high focus.

7 - Authenticity. This is one trait that makes a leader. Simple, easy and rare.

12 - Criticism. Constant evaluation of results and using that analysis to modify as needed.

Most artists (and they include writers in this) dedicate their lifetime to their pursuit. Leadership is a lifetime pursuit as well.

Part of the moral is we can all learn from any highly successful person. Most successful people in any field have applied themselves passionately to their chosen field.
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By M Luther on November 29, 2013
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I love this book. Critical topic combined with fresh approach and bonus art education equals a real winner and must read.
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