[Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors, TED 23:24]
The conductor who recognizes he doesn't need to make a sound can focus on making other people powerful. This is a lesson out of Ben Zander's playbook, and one today's leaders would be well served paying attention to. Unless the conductor constantly connects his effectiveness as a leader to how others are playing, he's likely to blame his players when things go badly.
Managers need to internalize this lesson -- if your people feel engaged, energetic, and connected, they'll likely feed you information that's valuable to you as a leader.
Also, many managers often plow ahead with what they know becoming prescriptive with their teams, as in this is what you need to do, this is how you do it, and so on. This undermines the confidence of the players, and eventually cuts any innovation or diversity of approaches from the ensemble and the results.
Not to mention that players are much better at collaborating when they are finding their own rhythm to do so. This and some others were the key take aways from the styles illustrated by Itay Talgam in this TED video:
- Happiness and joy are about other people's stories - the audience, those unseen
- Let it happen by itself - don't interfere
- Become a partner in motivation - when it's needed, authority is there
- Being in control in a very special way - the conductor creates a process and also the conditions under which the process plays out
- The player is telling the story
- Doing without doing it
The part about clear instructions and sanction, well, I confess that gave me a little pause. I've always worked best in a more collaborative environment, which may be the reason why social media suits me. What do you think? Aside from loving the video, as I know you will.