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The author has set out a new description of the poetic leader while offering practical guidance for people to develop better (and more comfortable) leadership skills. It considers the role of creativity in leadership, what it means to be a creative leader, and how the choices made in any leadership role have their parallels in the creative world of poetry. It achieves this by highlighting how creative solutions, choice of language and approaches to engagement can shift the paradigm of the different challenges faced by leaders, managers and coaches. By analysing different aspects of leadership the author has developed a unique approach to leadership which ties in with the growing trend of businesses looking for meaning in the workplace. It offers models of leadership that are more authentic, articulate, thoughtful yet resilient and that will contribute to happier individuals, colleagues, customers and society. This book is perfect for those interested in discovering new models of leadership, and particularly those hunting for new ways of thinking about their challenges, rather than having a check list of things to do. During the course of the book the reader will understand what it means to be a creative leader in the modern workplace by learning how to utilise the structures of poetic writing to inform their leadership approach. It shows how the choices made in any leadership role have their parallels in the creative world of poetry by using examples from the experiences and stories of existing leaders. The reader's voyage of discovery is helped by utilising the fundamental building blocks of poetic writing: structure and form; the choice of language and voice; rhyme and reason; the role of narrative; showing and telling, and looks at how these can be used to guide the leader through choices.
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Exploring what it means to be a leader, Rhyme and Reason considers the role of creativity in leadership and how the choices made in any leadership role have their parallels in the creative world of poetry. It observes the nature of leadership and power of the metaphor in this context: leadership as poetry or leadership is poetry. Using the fundamental building blocks of poetic writing, structure, form and the choice of language, Rhyme and Reason looks at the use of poetry to guide leaders through choices. It deals with some of the contentious areas of leadership including the balance between truth and performance, and considers whether all leadership is performance, however authentic. Rhyme and Reason explores specific leadership challenges and looks at how creative solutions, choice of language and approaches to engagement can shift the paradigm of these dilemmas. From exploring the use of voice in both poetry and leadership to looking at the advantages of showing and telling styles of communication, Rhyme and Reason approaches business and leadership with a new voice.About the Author:
Dr. Sam Chittenden is a published poet (as Beth Somerford), an actor and director. She has twenty years' public sector leadership experience, and runs Different Development, based in Brighton, using arts-based approaches such as theatre, storytelling and poetry for organisational and personal development.
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