Bad Leaders Make Lousy Photographers!

Aka “BLMLP”! What is that? A new Mirrorless Camera, Disease, or Syndrome? Maybe

This is really an interesting angle to look at, but it makes a whole lot of sense when you look at it deeper. This blog may sound a bit more philosophical, but I believe there is a connection. 

Why do some choose photography as a hobby? For me it was important to always have the connection to nature, observing the reality and beauty of it, step back and imagine, make plans about how I want to tackle this or that scenery, surveying even a day before and planning, trying to come up with a solution and best composition plan (place an interesting object for instance in form of a larger scenery), choosing the right moment to capture what I want to capture (like at Sunrise or Sunset), and learning from my mistakes as I mentioned in Long -Exposure II blog post.

I believe good leaders do all of the above meaning, research, analysis, critical thinking, and problem-solving, and they actually have to. In the photographer’s case, the result is a beautiful image that speaks to your soul. Art is usually considered as part of the humanities. It is interesting to me that we choose the word humanities. It is the collective for the human race, but it is also used as an adjective. I would argue that people who are involved in some sort of Arts & Humanities, would make better leaders. Photographers have a good composition for that, and photography is not only a metaphor for leadership, but you can see it as a way to improve leadership and I believe it would be beneficial to all to pick leaders who have a sense of art & humanities as it can significantly improve the outcome.

I have personally looked at the hobby section of applicants very frequently if they came to interview for any given position. I have gone a bit deeper in that direction as well. You can find beautiful connections and great candidates if you look further and not just at their other medical credentials. We forget as leaders sometimes that it is not all about scores in this or that exam that makes a great candidate but who also they are when they are not applying for a position.

I believe art and humanities have a significant role in our lives. As Steve Jobs said once “it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing” and “if you make time for the liberal arts, not only will you become a more interesting person, but you can also find that little something that will differentiate you from everyone else.”

Do all great leaders have to have great artistic and photography skills? No, but it will certainly help them more if they are involved in some form of liberal arts and humanities to connect the dots because as leaders they need to connect the dots every day and see the big picture.

This is a great article written at Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical leadership at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, which I thought is very interesting and true by Bret Beasley, Associate Director, and Term Assistant Teaching Professor Management & Organization.

“Bad Leaders Make Lousy Photographers” because they can’t see the future properly and can’t paint what they want to see and imagine in their head and pull it through. There is a lot of other work involved other than just pressing the “Camera Shutter Button”!

Leaders must do their work diligently and constantly like photographers or they are short news cycles and won’t be talked about like “Ansel Adams” for decades after they have left. We need to embody the kindness, humanism, art in our businesses, and work to make a lasting awesome impression of our work like Davinci and Rembrandt did, or we are just a farce in the Universe.

I love to hear your feedbacks.

Avon, NC at the Outer Banks. A glorious absolutely amazing Sunrise on September 11, 2013, long exposure 1/4 of second

Opinions are my own.

Author: Kouros Farro

I am a family physician, educator, and photographer who loves landscape photography.

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