Why You Should Never Refer To A Business Leader As An Artist
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Why You Should Never Refer To A Business Leader As An Artist

Shutterstock It’s tempting to refer to a visionary business leader as an artist. Isn’t he or she like a painter standing before an empty canvass, preparing to making something great out of nothing? A true business leader balks at being compared to an artist. That’s what I learned from a lively conversation with Elizabeth Barlow Rogers. Her new book, Saving Central Park , describes how she created and led the Central Park Conservancy , which resurrected this New York institution from the squalor of the 70s. But Rogers cannot abide by the painting metaphor to describe what she accomplished. In a previous excerpt from our interview, we saw how humility played a crucial role in executing a project as massive as restoring Central Park. Here we look at leadership from the perspective of painting and why it’s a mistake to draw a close parallel between the two. Weinstein : Let’s talk about your beginnings. Rogers : I was an art history major at Wellseley. Freshman year, I took Art 100, a survey course, and I just loved it. I was supposed to go by the blueprint. Women went to places like Vassar, Wellesley or Sweet Briar, but many of […]

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