In response to the essay prompt: "Leadership is more art than science."
Leadership is not a science. Leadership is more of an art and should be evaluated as such. Although everyone can benefit from studying and developing basic leadership qualities, just as one studies the works of famous artists to benefit from their techniques, I believe that becoming a leader requires something more, something intangible. Like great works of art, great works of leadership can be found in many different forms and in all areas of life, every example unique. It cannot be described completely in a lecture, or in a course, or in a seminar. Leadership cannot be explained with a formula. But like a great work of art, we will know it when we see it.
Reed, Matthew D., "3rd Place Essay: Leadership: A New Art" (2014). Reed Leadership Student Essay Contest Winners. 14.