"Leading Strategical Initiatives"
"Leading Strategical Initiatives"
The purpose of this module is to provide performing artists with methodologies to look for opportunities or to come up with ideas and take the initiative to add or create value in activities that both respond to communities’ needs and fulfil learners’ artistic goals.
By the end of this module, you should be able to...
The action of leading a group of people or an organisation to do the right things. This is done by building an inspiring vision, motivating, setting direction, managing, coaching and creating something new.
There are different styles of leadership. The most common are: autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire, transformational, charismatic, bureaucratic, servant, and transactional.
A plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall goal. It involves defining activities and allocating resources to meet objectives, bridging the gap between “where someone is” and “where someone wants to be”.
It implies mission and vision statements, environmental scanning, strategy formulation, strategy implementation and strategy evaluation.
The ability to initiate things independently. It is related to take the opportunity to act or take charge before others do it.
It also can be defined as a strategy intended to resolve a difficulty, improve a situation or take a fresh approach to something.
The state or fact of being accountable for something within one’s control or to blame for something.
It is about doing the things one is supposed to do and accept the positive or negative outcomes of their actions.
You can initiate a value-creating activity or project by…
The importance of individual and group responsibility
Filling a gap as a self-employed international artist and arts educator
Oumar Sagna, a musician and dancer from Senegal, grew up surrounded by arts, specially music. He started dancing and playing instruments very young, practicing every day, all day. Over the years he played with large groups in various venues, which provided inspiration to him. Oumar was living a happy life but it was not making him money.
A drumming group exchange with the UK, in 2003, changed his life. He realised that schools in Europe do not offer arts education like they do in Senegal, thus finding a cultural gap to fulfil.
Since then he works as a musician and dancer that uses his cultural traditions to enrich other cultures by teaching them to youngsters and communities all around the UK. As he also realised that there are many subcultures in the UK and that the needs of youngsters/communities vary from area to area due to that, he adapts the delivery of his artistic knowledge to his audiences.
Leading cultural/art initiatives
Seizing performing arts opportunities in communities
Delegating responsibility appropriately
Leaders need to delegate because they can’t do everything alone. At the same time, they empower their teams, build trust, and contribute to each individual’s professional development. It also helps to identify who is best suited to tackle tasks or activities.
Leading an activity in my community
Which opportunity or problem in your community could you address making use of the performing arts?
Think about the added-value that you could bring to your community using your artistic competences.
List all the tasks that would be necessary to implement your activity.
Include also tasks that you could allocate to other persons.
Consider all the tasks you listed and identify persons from your network or community with whom you would like to collaborate on them.
Bearing in mind the competences of each person, assign them the tasks you think are most suitable for them.