In response to the essay prompt: "Leadership is more art than science."
Effective leadership is an art. Leadership is not a direct set of rules to follow or books to read. Finding the correct way to lead cannot be found in a textbook. Leadership is a characteristic that is learned over time. Leadership is forming relationships, making connections, and meeting the needs of your followers. Just as art is full of many possibilities and not defined to one answer, so too is leadership. The most effective form of leadership is one that incorporates flexibility, creativity, and the idea that there is never a right or wrong answer.
Heemstra, Bailey, "2nd Place Essay: The Art of Leadership" (2014). Reed Leadership Student Essay Contest Winners. 16.