The Creative Leader - Arsene Wenger Essay

1497 Words Sep 18th, 2013 6 Pages

What makes a creative leader? Creativity, as an intangible quality, is difficult to describe in fundamental terms. Likewise, leadership is another virtue that cannot be easily qualified as the impacts of true leadership are far-ranging and difficult to measure. Couple these two qualities together and what you get is an exceptionally abstract concept that becomes even more challenging to qualify. However, in Leadership Without Easy Answers, Dr Ronald Heifetz of Harvard University manages to provide an in-depth analysis and description of creative leadership. Heifetz ultimately describes leadership as an activity that mobilises people and guides them towards adaptive change. What I hope to achieve
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In recent times, Arsenal had to deal with nouveau riche clubs Chelsea and Manchester City, whose foreign owners invested huge amounts of funding to attract world-class players. On the financial front, Arsenal also have had to deal with the UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations, which kicked in starting 2011, requiring clubs to adhere strictly to certain financial regulations. This short timeline essentially details the changing landscapes of English football that Wenger had to deal with as Arsenal manager. Wenger managed to reconcile Arsenal's principles with the changing "mix of values" of the environment, all without threatening the stability of Arsenal. The fact that for the past 14 years, Arsenal have managed to maintain at least a top 4 position in the English Premier League demonstrates Wenger's success in light of changing environments and adaptive challenges within English football.

Thus far, Wenger's leadership capabilities as an agent of Arsenal have been well-established. However, associating Wenger with Heifetz's fundamental leadership model seems to simplify and underrate Wenger's all-encompassing leadership qualities. Indeed, Heifetz believes that the hallmarks of adaptive leadership extend to inherent qualities within the leader, not only the conditions imposed by the surrounding environment. Self-belief, openness to change, accepting responsibility and information distribution are several tenets of adaptive

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