Art, Diversity, and Listening
It is that time of the year. Let’s get some inspiration from art and its’ contributors: artists!
April 15th is celebrated by UNESCO as the World Art Day. Celebrations help reinforce the links between artistic creations and society, encourage greater awareness of the diversity of artistic expressions, and highlight the contribution of artists to sustainable development.
Let’s elaborate these two aspects further: Diversity of expressions and contribution of artists to sustainable development.
The Importance of Diversity in Art as in Business
Why is diversity important in art as it is same for businesses?
Imagine that jazz music was never born. Or painting is only done by Northern Europeans in the world. What if Van Gogh never had a chance to take painting classes?
Some feelings would not have been represented at all, the needs and feelings of the communities would not have been noticed, and as a result the art would not have reached its present richness.
Without diversity, valuable perspectives would have been missed and humanity would not have reached todays’ level of modernity.
Diversity in the arts helped artists to accurately respond to the needs of all communities. It is just as important in corporate life, as in arts, that decision-makers should reflect the diversity in order to accurately respond to the needs of both employees and customers.
Including different perspectives, having cultural competence and diversified expertise have a remarkable impact on the success of a company. As remote work is becoming a new reality, Covid-19 allows companies to hire diversified workforce from different geographies. Companies, being inspired by art, should define a new recruitment strategy to take advantage of diversity and inclusion.
The Artist Who Could See Sound
Wassily Kandinsky, Russian painter and art theorist (1866-1944), is known for being Father of Modern Art. His complex and deeply emotional theory about the ability of colours and shapes to represent sound has brought him the title of the artist who could see sound.
Being a musician and a painter, his special ability to listen and convert sounds to shapes and colours made him one of the greatest artists of all time. His strength was laying under his ability of listening in a different perspective. He could listen and transcribe sounds and music into painting.
Similar to Kandinsky’s special ability, good leaders should also listen the voice of their employees and be able to analyse, understand and convert their voice into actions.
This ability will help leaders and their companies focus on the needs and insights of people. They will be able to take actions to develop their culture and sustain that development through continuous actions. Just like an artist’s contribution to sustainable development of the society.
As we would all agree, art nurtures creativity, innovation, and cultural diversity for all people across the globe and plays an important role in sharing knowledge and encouraging curiosity and dialogue. As leaders and decision makers, it is our take to get inspired by art and listen people to make a difference in business.