It all starts with the drawing...
whether you are brainstorming, communicating an idea, expressing yourself, collaborating on projects or solving a problem
Effective leadership skills are sensory skills (such as effective listening, looking and speaking) aligned to organisational purpose. As human beings we are familiar with these sensory skills but not many of us are good at it.
Many organisations are still focused on content and what we do rather than how we do it. Some organisations, however have caught on to the importance of listening but most, if not all, have yet to consider the art and power of observation.
Whether we want to sell, influence or manage - the art of looking is intrinsic in building rapport and influence. We have learned to speak with confident authority (often with convinced limited deductions or assumptions) that we don't even know how to begin to look with curiosity. This is where drawing can help us.
The more we look, the more we notice potential biases, patterns, and potential solutions. The practice of drawing is really a practice of looking. The drawing on the paper is a by-product resulting from our increased awareness of the world and ourself within it.
The focus on creating allows a path for behaviour change. A lot of adult training is taught or “shown how”. It is in doing that the magic of learning happens. In doing, you learn with your senses, taking you out of your mind's assumptions and learned automated behaviour.
Drawing, like many daily rituals or physical practices, alleviates stress, grounds you and helps build mental resilience. But where drawing may differ from other practices is it also strengthens creative thinking and innovation by teaching how to practice seeing new perspectives and how to befriend mistakes. Drawing teaches you the habit of looking for answers instead of assuming conclusions.
With the use of drawing exercises, learners are able to learn the following concepts:
Open your eyes and your mind: Learn the relationship our eyes has with our mind and how we can become better at seeing to prevent us from being blinded by our assumptions.
Innovate by searching and not perfecting: Inspired by da Vinci, the greatest inventor of all time, we learn the importance of the sketchbook to increase curiosity, generate ideas and help with problem solving.
Teambuilding: Understanding and in turn appreciating our individual purpose within a team. So that collaboration is finding the purpose of "me" within the "we".