Promoting creative leadership


Over the past five months, Dr. Kathy Bishop and Dr. Catherine Etmanski have been actively contributing to the scholarship of creative leadership, research, and education. Creativity is increasingly touted as “one of the most important business skills for the next century, and the ‘ultimate resource’ in a technology-and-information-based culture” (Clerkin, 2015, p. 178.) Given that the complex challenges of today’s world require our collective creative capacity to address, educators in various sectors understand that we need to disrupt our habitual, linear-rational ways of working in order to tap into our creative potential. Creative, arts-based methods are tried and tested ways of promoting embodied, sensory experiences, engaging multiple audiences, and opening new ways of seeing, being, doing, and knowing.

At the recent International Transformative Learning conference at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington (Oct. 20 to 23,) Bishop and Etmanski invited conference participants to go “Down the Rabbit Hole” by using theatre-based methods to generate space for transformation.

Earlier this month, Etmanski and Bishop co-facilitated an experiential workshop on Narrative Métissage at the Women and Leadership: Radical Conversations on Gender Justice, Art and Reconciliation conference at St. Anne’s Academy here in Victoria (Oct. 13 to 15, 2016.) Narrative Métissage is an arts-based method of inquiry that interweaves personal stories and serves as a process of uncovering and co-constructing knowledge about self, others, and the world.  

Etmanski and Bishop facilitated a similar métissage workshop together with RRU doctoral student Brian Mendoza Dominguez at the Narrative Matters conference in June 2016. They will also be speaking on a panel at the upcoming International Leadership Association conference in Atlanta, Georgia (November 2016) together with Dr. Cheryl Heykoop and RRU doctoral student, Nikki Bade.

Contact the authors for more information, or see sample conference proceedings (pp. 755-761.)