(First Edition, Pianoscapes, Publication Date, MAY 2006)
Who am I really? When do I feel most present and alive? What
am I uniquely called to do? Where is home? What is my relationship
to beauty? How do I let go? What is my inspiration? How can
I best serve the common good?
In a time of uncertainty and sudden change, leaders will
need new questions, ones that help to develop qualities of
being that are more organic, creative and whole. It signals
a time when leaders will need to develop a capacity for experiencing
and understanding a new and more subtle intelligence, a way
of knowing that is not a separate mental function, but rather
the source of an imaginative response to our world. As a kind
of sense organ, this intelligence reaches out and makes tentative
contact with wholeness, that is, things of an order larger
than we can see directly, making visible that which is hidden,
so as to begin to draw into awareness that which cannot yet
be heard or seen.
Artful Leadership explores this journey of awakening in the
form of a conversation with John, a successful senior leader
who is searching for a greater sense of meaning and purpose
to his work. As the conversation unfolds, it becomes clear
that this journey cannot be achieved alone. Instead leaders
will need to come together to reclaim the commons -a space
of wholeness in the personal and public imagination- to explore
the less tangible dimensions of leadership as an effective
counterpoint to the more usual mechanistic view of the world.
Table of Contents
Chapter - A WALK IN THE PARK: The Personal and Social Artistry
of Leadership (pdf)
The Social Architecture
of Leadership (html)
"Words matter. Artful leadership is a superb example
of how much. The writing is a work of art in itself; it is
like viewing a masterpiece and each time you return to it
you see something more. I felt that I had been on a retreat
for the soul when I finished reading each chapter. The conversational
tone draws the reader in and you feel as though you are walking
with Michael on a path that will lead you to a greater depth
of understanding, not just about leadership, but about yourself.
I recommend this book for all who have a passion for leadership
and whose heart's desire is to make the world a better place."
Katherine Tyler Scott
Managing Partner, Ki ThoughtBridge LLC
Board Member, The International Leadership Association
"As an accomplished musician and composer, Michael Jones
brings a unique sensibility to the subject of leadership.
While other writers address style, process, and leadership
issues, Michael illuminates the deep parallels between leadership
and the creative process.
He reminds us that, beyond all techniques and advice, leading
is about bringing forth new realities in line with our deepest
aspirations. Leading arises from awakening us as human beings,
from developing our unique gifts and cultivating our sense
of connection -- with one another, with our work, and with
the Universe. And leading ultimately manifests in the health
of the whole, the commons that defines that connectedness.
Herein lies the core paradox of leading: When we learn how
to recognize and nurture the commons, what is most personal
becomes most universal, and the ego's obsession with the self
gives way to the being's commitment to presence and to the
Peter M. Senge, author The 5th Discipline
Founding Chair, SoL [Society for Organizational Learning}
Senior Lecturer, MIT, Sloan School of Management
"Michael Jones has produced a refreshing book that will
stand out in the large body of literature on leadership. Written
as a dialogue, the book needs to be savoured slowly to fully
enjoy its poetic language and all the nuances that the author
brings forth in considering the role of presence and imagination
in the exercise of leadership. His invitation to live our
gifts and pay attention to beauty points out to what matters
most in the transformation of our ailing work places. Every
word in this book reached my heart and soul."
Marie-Eve Marchand, Ph.D.
President, ECODA inc.
Adjunct professor, Department of Management, Laval University,
"This book rocked my worldview and my understanding
of the role of the arts in leadership. It is the only book
that I've read cover-to-cover TWICE in a very long time. Michael
Jones explores the power of creativity and human imagination
in a gentle, deeply personal way. It is truly a hope-filled
roadmap to a more just and sustainable world."
Rick Ingrasci, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-author, "Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Spiritual
Fulfillment in Daily Life"
" Artful Leadership is a missing piece of inquiry and
exploration that we can learn from because it invites each
of us to stop being academic, use our imagination and embrace
the beauty and grace that not many see in times of turmoil
Lavinia Weissman. Publisher, www.workecology.com,
Consultant, Executive Coach