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Leading Through Art: An Interview With Vicki Heywood CBE, Chair, Royal Society of Arts

Edwards, Gareth; O'Regan, Nicholas


Gareth Edwards
Professor of Leadership and Community Studies


© The Author(s) 2018. A recent interview with Vicki Heywood, Chair of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), highlights the role that arts can play in dealing with complex problems in society today and particularly from an international perspective. The message from this interview resonates with recent literature on leadership that also recognizes the importance of the arts in leading successfully through wicked problems. The importance of linking arts interpretations of leadership with culture and place is also taken into consideration within the analysis of the interview. The article concludes by suggesting that leadership practice into the future should promote leading through art to uncover the multiple identities and belonging that shape global society. More specifically, the article proposes that by leading through art, artists can help uncover and discover complex intricacies within context and culture which may help to problematize large scale generalizations which have become the epitome of serious global issues.


Edwards, G., & O'Regan, N. (2019). Leading Through Art: An Interview With Vicki Heywood CBE, Chair, Royal Society of Arts. Journal of Management Inquiry, 28(1), 71-76.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 16, 2017
Publication Date Jan 1, 2019
Journal Journal of Management Inquiry
Print ISSN 1056-4926
Electronic ISSN 1552-6542
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 1
Pages 71-76
Keywords leadership, art, place, culture
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