Cultural Leadership : actions that midwives the future

“…. cultural leadership is distinct from political and administrative leadership. While political leaders primarily make rules and administrative leaders primarily enforce rules, cultural leaders like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Mother Theresa find principled and imaginative ways to transgress those rules that inhibit the emergence of cultural sovereignty and creativity.

Their actions engender new and unexpected meanings. The recognition and creative transgression of rules and norms is at the heart of cultural leadership… Cultural leaders are able to transmute how they are personally affected by the culture into creative action that midwives the future.”

– Dancing at the Edge: Competence, Culture and Organization in the 21st Century by Graham Leicester, Maureen O’Hara

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