Philosophy of Legal Art

Art is very powerful. Art is the simplest form of communication, and yet the most universal. Art has the power to unite people, reconcile differences, and make peace. If art has such a positive power and so many harmonious virtues, why not integrate art into the decision-making process? If politicians, decision makers, and company leaders would have a more artistically inclined mindset when making important decisions, the effect of these decisions would be more harmonious and positive.

brain-230-br22Anybody can entertain an artistically-inclined mindset without being an artist. Professionals from various backgrounds – lawyers, managers and decision makers – can benefit enormously from such a shift in mindset. The artistic mind does not only favour harmonious and positive decision making, but can also trigger creativity and help maintain a balanced and psychologically healthy mind.

To better understand how the brain works, we must start by looking within ourselves. Our brain is a highly complex organ divided into the left and right hemispheres. Both hemispheres are connected by a bundle of approximately 50 million nerve fibres. Our left-brain controls logical, rational, analytical and subjective thinking while our right-brain controls intuitive, objective and creative thinking.

Artists normally make greater use of their right-brain to create, while lawyers and managers predominantly use their left-brain to analyze and make decisions. The way our brain functions explains why some people perform well as managers or lawyers, but poorly as leaders. A manager’s role would be predominantly associated with left-brain skills (logical, analytical and sequential thinking) while that of a great leader would primarily be influenced by skills associated with the right-brain (imagination, intuition, ability to see the big picture).  It’s worth noting, however, that a good leader should be able to use the skills associated with both brain hemispheres.