You don’t have to be in the military or in politics to be a leader. Leaders come from all walks of life and the art world is no exception. There are leaders in business, the affairs of a community, promoting a cause or idea as well as leaders in a circle of friends or family.
As an artist you need to be concerned about leading your art business especially if you employ or work with others. You should also be concerned about being a leader in your field and don’t forget about being a leader in your community.
A traditional definition of a leader is one who is able to get people to accomplish a common task or achieve a common goal. There is a big difference between being a leader and being a boss. A leader is followed because they have a vision and they can motivate people to excel. A boss rules because they have the power or stripes on their shoulder to do so. Companies, organizations, sports teams and armies that have great leaders will always outperform their competition. If you are managing as a “boss” you are putting yourself at a great disadvantage.