What does Music tell us about Leadership?


Consider an orchestra, we have the different music sections and the conductor leading. Traditionally we think of the conductor as being the leader. When we listen to a symphony we hear the harmonized music, each section of the orchestra contributing to the whole, each section blending together to produce the sound. The conductor facilitates the blending of the music. If we look at the musicians, each are highly skilled with their own instrument.

Refer to my early article where I said that leadership is creating an environment where other people can be successful (See here). Its not a job title.

If we define leaders as those that create the environment such that others can be successful, then a leader is the composer. By understanding what each musical piece can do, the composer has figured out how to blend their capabilities together to accomplish a vision.

The implication for the organizational world, is that leadership can be defined as the person who helps:

1)     create that musical score (organizational environment) where success is possible.

2)    each participant understand their role in the music (organizational vision).

3)     each participant derive enjoyment from practicing their profession within a larger harmony.

Want to be a leader? Be a composer

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