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The artist as leader: research report.

Douglas, Anne; Fremantle, Chris


Anne Douglas


Leadership, along with creativity, is increasingly considered to be one of the important drivers of economic success, as articulated in the Cox Review (2005). Most of the Leadership programmes in the cultural sector (Clore Leadership Programme, Cultural Leadership Programme, as well as the new courses at for instance at the universities of Liverpool and London) are directed at the leadership of cultural organisations and place emphasis on the importance of good management skills. The transferring of management skills from business to areas of social leadership has also occurred, though exploring the nuances of this transition falls outside of the remit of this research. Currently the tendency has been to treat arts and cultural organisations as businesses in the sense that much of the literature drawn on is standard Business/Business School material such as The Mind of the Leader (Harvard Business Review 2005). This material references, for its evidence, the biographies of business leaders including Bill Gates, Jack Welch, Andrew Carnegie, etc. The discussions focus on issues such as morality, psychology, the relationship between leaders and followers, the difference between leaders and managers, vision and the communication of vision, emotional intelligence, and the development of leadership through mentoring and coaching.


DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2009. The artist as leader: research report. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University [online]. Available from:

Report Type Research Report
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2009
Publication Date Dec 31, 2009
Deposit Date Aug 27, 2009
Publicly Available Date Aug 27, 2009
Publisher Robert Gordon University
ISBN 9781901085983
Keywords Leadership; Organisational leadership; Creativity; Arts; Artists
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