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Windows of the leadership
On October 10, 2010, in Leadership magic, by Neculai Fantanaru

Leadership is like a window with a direct view into the depths of the one who leads.

One day, while trying to express by drawing the face and features of a fearless character from the cartoon “The Pirates of Dark Water" named Ren, the master decided to sit next to me and, after the way he looked at me, I felt I will find out what I wanted to know for so long time.

I turned my look towards him. He gazed me carefully. The pale face, the slightly quivering of the lips was showing him what happens with me. I was very saddened by the fact that trying to express with as much accuracy and to create to the viewer a vivid mental picture of him, I missed just the essentials which are the feelings that I had to express on his face.

I had made a big mistake. I expressed a character in variegated colors, dull, without balance, without measure, without symmetry, I had not given coherency to the whole; I had not built a compelling space in which forms will fit naturally. Although I enjoyed a lot of affection from the master, I was somehow ashamed of my performance.

- My dear child – he told me looking in my eyes with an almost paternal love, to make a perfect drawing you must put there not only work, but also the soul and warmth. The drawing is a living art, is part of the artist's mind. The drawing is a window looking directly to the bottom of your heart, Nicu. Never forget this.

Leadership: Do you allow yourself a freedom of expressing that surprises through the liveliness which crosses the borders of the ordinary?

As a valuable judgment and as a manner of synthesizing what you have learned and understood from your experience, but mostly of what you are transmitting through the expressiveness of creation, it’s better to allow yourself a freedom of expressing that surprises not only through something innovative, but also through the liveliness which crosses beyond the borders of the ordinary, allowing people to deeply connect to your essence.

The integration process of creation into leadership means a permanent report to the quality and quantity factor of the contributions you achieved through your own efforts of using certain doses of imagination and originality and supporting the closeness of what you are in your essence, of what is your own in the highest sense.

Even if at a subjective, interior level there are some feelings of dissatisfaction or discontent regarding how you express the sent message, we admit that there is a certain harmonious proportion, in conformity with a perfection ideal and with an almost intangible standard – and we advise leaders to specifically keep into account this proportion. If you commit the mistake of prolonging the characteristics of some perceptions that belong to a superior mentality and that somehow make a “common front” with the projections of your own images of the reality, avoiding the usage of additional nuance correction, you won’t be able to prevent the difficulties in setting apart reality and fiction.

Moderns acceptations, beyond the bars of the multitude of meanings, significances, deep thoughts and free willingly extracted learning out of the themes of personal creation, the leader-artist builds a new art style, with vivid and expressive colors, highlighted through affective, communicative and powerful concentration. The gradual and sometimes rapid separation of the whole ramification of ideas and strange thought patterns grants an own independence with the possibility of self-management and self-development.

If you detach from the perceptions that belong to an only subject of thought and from the abstract conceptions that inhibit the sphere of understanding new truths, it involves a new structure of connections for the creation with the outside world and with your approaches in acquiring and consolidating the thought patterns and producing final results.

Leadership is a "creation" that is part of yourself

Like a painter, an accomplished leader expresses in his “work”, with great expressiveness, the brilliant formula of the essence of his leadership. By his “work”, in which he transposes his ideas, beliefs, aspirations and knowledge, the leader expresses actually his personality, but the character and the value of his “work” reflects the well-found opinion of people about his soul. As what creates the leader is, without question, a part of him.

If the leadership that you produce is not a living art, meant to be seen, to satisfy people's tastes and to change their mood - an art designed to help educate people, being able to transmit, by own artistic means, ideas and feelings of great depth and subtlety, then your role - as the leader - is not as a catalyst in the company's activity.

The one who closes the leadership windows decreases his value

Leadership “windows” are the ways where you can put into practice your ideas and by which you can achieve goals. They must always open outwards, towards the being and the heart of other people, to be suitable for making responsible decisions, mutually agreed. If they open inwards, strictly only towards the vision and policy of the leader, they harm his career and his relationships with other people.

A weak leader, who can only seek his personal interest, which conforms only to his own values, perspectives, criteria and convictions, he is doing nothing but building a lot of mate windows to his own heart, well locked to other people, and this thing cannot provide a decisive transparency because prevents access for all to his space. So his leadership is a window that only transposes to his own universe and not accessible to anyone.

To rise above other people you have to be creative, passionate, to have vision. But if you lack the skills to influence and you lack the patience to get a broad support for your ideas and your principles, any steps you initiate are doomed to failure almost from the start. One of the safer ways to influence people around you is to open wide your “windows” of leadership to them.

Leadership is like a window with a direct view into the depths of the one who leads.

The windows of the leadership are the ways of communication and interaction between you and other people are the ways that you can enhance your ability to drive. They should not be locked or mate, but to allow to those you lead to see to the depths of your soul. Otherwise, you will remain a great unknown and a misunderstood loner who eventually will be left.

Conclusion: To be understood, to be followed and supported in your efforts, you should ensure the access of others to your art.

 

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