What does it mean to be a true leader?
We spoke with Copenhagen artist Lizette Blanche Hagström about what true leadership means. Image: Lizette Blanche Hagström
Hierarchy is something we are all subjected to at some point in our lives. Hierarchies can be found everywhere and unless we are at the top of one, we have to follow somebody else’s lead. Defining the features of a leader is however more complex than it seems, as there is no set of rules a leader should follow to efficiently lead a group. In other words, merely having the duty of leading does not make a great leader.
Our community member Lizette says: “I believe those who lead, have an aspect and energy to accumulate the creating power within other human beings, mirroring the infinite possibilities the world holds. Whereas a leader, can be holding only one purpose, such as the solely power/authority to direct people in a very specific direction, which (mostly) only the leader benefits from.”
Image: Lizette Blanche Hagström
During her two decades in Copenhagen, Lizette enjoyed hundreds of meaningful meetings and interactions whilst sharing her apartment. Having recently moved out of the city with her musician partner, Lizette is developing an artist residence @blanche_productions_studio on the North coast of Sealand, where artists and musicians can create work in a space without disturbance. The space is open for projects, co-working, and artist talks for the surrounding community.
Inspired by the ideas of the sharing-economy, the thought that we shouldn’t just buy up physical spaces for our own use occurred to Lizette: “It makes no sense, as an artist, not to share your space – AND co-work throughout the world.”
“I believe that art and artists have a unique ability to absorb the present energy, and from that develop a specific essence, that an audience can benefit from at any time. A lot is moving in the world: opinions, new ways of living, opposing directions.”
Image: Lizette Blanche Hagström
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Is it possible to merge the ever-changing multibillion-dollar clothing industry and its need for fashionable outfits with sustainability?”
“My freedom ends where yours begins” is one of the very well-known rules that define the boundaries of our lives. Sometimes, however, these boundaries are too tight and we feel the need of going beyond and experiment, try, fail, improve, try again to fully understand what our role in the world is.
What is more important, then? The realization of our own personal talents and mission or the adherence to the boundaries of the society? Is a certain level of selfishness excusable if it is needed to accomplish our mission on this planet or is collective freedom a unbreakable ethical barrier?”
“Oscar Wilde used to say “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.“. Love can however be more complex than that, as it is one of the most thrilling, intense and yet frightening feelings you can experience. Sometimes, it can even turn into a way to escape from your own chaotic and paralyzing thoughts and emotions.”