4 secrets of leadership.
Every person has talents, by using them fully the best results can be achieved. In this context I like to share an inspiring example of an orchestra. Another way of experiencing music; a creative and inspiring combination. The passion of the group is clearly visible on stage. Talking with one of the orchestra members I discovered the 4 secrets of leadership in this team.
1 Supported clear goal
This orchestra entertains you in a creative and enjoyable way, they make unforgettable music. This goal is clear for every team member and they all go for it.
2 Use talent
To realize the goal everyone in the group is of value. Members do what they do best, they know each other’s talents and give the opportunity to use this. They play with pleasure and are proud of the performance of each member and the team as a whole. They grant each other success and they enjoy each other’s performances.
3 Embrace diversity
The leader embraces the diversity of the team. They achieve the creative way of making music by attracting people with different musical backgrounds and making optimal use of the differences of the members, creating synergy. There is mutual respect for each other and appreciation for everyone’s input. The group members listen to each other. Not the person that is ultimately responsible that has the say, but the group as whole. It is a group process
4 Try, have courage
One of the secrets of leadership in this group is that new ideas are always welcome. It is encouraged to bring up ideas, also the most extreme. If the majority feels confident about the idea, they work it out and play it for the public.
It is immediately clear whether the goal has been achieved. That requires leadership with guts. Courage to try things out, to stand for what you find important and to perform in ways that are not common.
This leadership approach leads to surprising result. In addition to the instruments they play, you also hear and see other elements. From the back of the room two people come forward, clapping their hands they show two people who meet. They wear wigs during a cabaret-like part of their performance. That is not what you expect from an orchestra.
It is visible to the public that they play with passion and pleasure and that they are proud of each other’s contribution to the result. The result is beautiful, optimally enjoy music and fun. It is not surprising that the Royal Family regularly takes this orchestra with them as a gift for a host country during a state visit. A royal reward for their work.
What is your secret?
Do you, as a leader, work with passion and pleasure with your team? Are talents in your team optimally used, diversity embraced and do you listen to all ideas? What are your secrets behind achieving great results?