Michael Gelb's How To Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci

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The Medici family was the facilitator for Renaissance and played a large part in the patronage of the arts and the political development of the city. Rich merchants, specifically the Medici, commissioned the most talented artists to do their most inspired work. the Medici family influenced some the greatest artists in during the Renaissance, possibly even the world through patronage. Arguably, the greatest person the Medici family provided patronage to was an inventor, artist, engineer, and writer named Leonardo Da Vinci.
Da Vinci had an unmeasurable impact upon the Renaissance and the way he approached life still is of use for leaders today. There is no better example of genius and a person whom embodied humanism. Michael Gelb, author of How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci, describes seven Da Vincian approaches to life. Even though these approaches are geared toward a personal approach to the world around us, these principles have application to bettering our organizations, guiding them thorough their own Renaissance.
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Gelb (1998) describes this principle as the insatiable curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continual learning. Without curiosity, we stop learning. Da Vinci’s understand this and was encouraged to ask questions. However, not just any question, but the right questions. Essentially, the moment we believe that we know all, is the moment we become irrelevant. Through a curious approach to life, a leader’s desire to learn grows. This quest for new knowledge benefits both personal and organizational life. The second principle Dimonstratzione (Independent Thinking) compliments Curiosita, as it asks to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and to learn from mistakes (Gelb, 1998, p76). This mean part of being a great leader is the willingness to make mistakes, because their mistakes afford the ability to learn from the unknown. Every mistake is an opportunity to

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