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  • Writer's pictureJohn Hernandez

Re-Calibration through Beauty

Updated: Oct 28, 2023

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, amidst the demands of leadership, it's easy to overlook the significance of feeding our souls with the nourishment of art, music, and beauty. This is why I spent a few weeks in Italy recently to do just that. Delving into the realms of creativity can be a transformative experience, not just for personal growth but also for enhancing leadership skills.

Photo by John Hernandez "Birth of Venus" Florance Italy

Art, in all its forms, offers a profound means of self-expression and introspection. It encourages us to see the world through different lenses, fostering empathy and understanding – qualities indispensable for effective leadership. Leaders who engage with art develop a heightened sensitivity to the nuances of human emotions, enabling them to connect with their team members on a deeper level. Whether it's a painting that captures the essence of resilience or a sculpture that embodies the strength of unity, art speaks a universal language that resonates with the soul. When I stood in front of Sandro Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” tears streamed down my cheeks as it touched my soul on such a deep level, it was exactly what I needed to re-calibrate.

Photo by John Hernandez Venice,Italy

Similarly, music possesses the unparalleled ability to evoke emotions and inspire action. The harmony of melodies and the rhythm of beats can stir the deepest corners of our hearts, providing solace during moments of stress and igniting passion when motivation wanes. Music is primal and evokes an emotional charge from memories. Leaders attuned to music often find innovative solutions to challenges, drawing inspiration from diverse genres and styles. This creative stimulation not only sharpens their problem-solving skills and can enhance productivity.

Moreover, immersing oneself in the appreciation of beauty, be it in nature, architecture, or the intricacies of human craftsmanship, nurtures a mindset of gratitude and wonder. Leaders who recognize and celebrate beauty develop a positive outlook, radiating optimism and encouragement to those around them. Such an attitude can transform workplace dynamics, fostering a supportive environment where ideas flourish and collaboration thrives.

The amalgamation of these creative experiences elevates leadership to new heights. When leaders feed their souls with art, music, and beauty, they cultivate a profound sense of mindfulness, enabling them to make thoughtful decisions and inspire others with their vision. They become adept at recognizing the potential in every individual, fostering a culture of inclusivity and innovation.

In essence, nourishing the soul with creative expressions not only enriches our lives personally but also equips us with the tools to lead with grace, empathy, and unwavering vision. As leaders embrace the transformative power of art, music, and beauty, they pave the way for a more compassionate and enlightened world, one leadership decision at a time. So get out there, take a break, let go and be one with beauty.

Photo By John Hernandez Murano, Italy


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