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Sioo Next 60 - Eliat Aram: Leadership, love and aesthetics


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Sioo Next 60 - Eliat Aram: Leadership, love and aesthetics

  1. 1. ©The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations Leadership, Love and Aesthetics: Celebrating 60 years of Sioo-action Eliat Aram
  2. 2. that constitute ethical/aesthetic leadership: • Owning the enterprise of which we are part; • Taking authorship and acknowledging our love for our work and those we work with and for; • Working with our reluctance and the fear around these. The 3 threads 2
  3. 3. Our reluctance and fear Fear of: • Accountability - • [too much] Freedom - • Love - Dependency [loss of] Control [impact of] Love
  4. 4. Accountability vs Dependency • a habit that we have developed in our language and thought, of attributing direct agency to groups, leading us to think of them as objects, as things. Griffin ‘The Emergence of Leadership’ (2002) • Our understanding of organisations is made up of different sets of pre-conceptions, assumptions and myths.
  5. 5. Invitation from the complexity sciences to hold in mind both a hierarchy with a clear line of accountability… …and enabling co-producing and participative engagement
  6. 6. Freedom vs Control • When we think about organisations as social constructs we are then bound to examine our own accountability in creating those organisations within which we operate. They are not separate from us. • We have the authority over that which we complain about or feel the victim of.
  7. 7. Freedom • Authority is the embodied experience, when meaning emerges; • when we have a sense that we are authors of our own actions - freedom
  8. 8. Authority vs Control • Authority is an action taken up with integrity, through the understanding of the complexity of role and purpose • whereas the use of power and control draws more directly on hierarchical or financial strength or weakness
  9. 9. Love vs [the impact of] Love “…… work is more than mere labour. Biblical Hebrew has 2 words to express the difference: Melachah is work as creation, and Avodah is work as service or servitude
  10. 10. “Melachah is the arena in which we transform the world and thus become, in the striking rabbinic phrase, ‘partners with God in the work of creation’. God deliberately left the world unfinished so that it could be completed by the work of human beings.” The Dignity of Difference, Jonathan Sacks (2002)
  11. 11. Love is: • Complex and paradoxical • The fuel that drives us • Scary - for it triggers our dependency • Messy and shameful
  12. 12. Aesthetic Leadership: • A frame of mind of abundance • Potential for creating is infinite • Together, with our interdependencies, our capacities are boundless • Not utopian: with challenge, disagreement and dissent • With imperfections and blind spots • Purposeful and compassionate
  13. 13. Aesthetic Leadership: • Holding paradoxical aspects together in creative tension, not in attempting to resolve or avoid those tensions • Works with, not against, not knowing, uncertainty, ambiguity, frailty
  14. 14. Don’t be afraid.. • To love and be accountable • Of not knowing • To know you can..
  15. 15. Find your courage: Have the guts to ask stupid questions To take risks
  16. 16. Letting go • the ultimate act of love • abundance of freedom • Making sense to people in their own bodies and work experiences, • Making it their own and applying the ideas to their own practice
  17. 17. But it isn’t and doesn’t have to be so… • ‘It is lonely up there at the top’, is a commonplace statement leaders hear when they take up the role.
  18. 18. The aesthetics of work – our ethics • Ongoing process of negotiating between the dependency and autonomy; boundary of contact and our practice • its beauty becomes known to us only when we keep our questions and negotiations alive • and when we vigorously search for uniqueness and freshness in each of our encounters.
  19. 19. Leadership as the Art of Experience Art is one of the conditions of human life “Every work of art causes the receiver to enter into a certain kind of relationship…It is upon this capacity of man to receive another man’s expression of feelings and experience those feelings himself, that the activity of art is based.” (Tolstoy, 1897)
  20. 20. A Leadership Attitude: ‘being artistically engaged’ (Dewey, 1934) Participating in the social process of interaction in the living present, without presuming a capacity to step out of, or beyond, or aside from, the interaction.
  21. 21. Our art of work: • Our pursuit for social relevance • Our quest for impact and applicability • A passionate and thoughtful pursuit • Evoking the aesthetic experience that we can then call aesthetic leadership LOVE
  22. 22. Happy birthday Sioo – may you continue to grow from strength to strength