This week’s focus point

Barb and I attended the Seattle Symphony with friends this past weekend. It was the first one I’ve been to, and I walked away with a much greater appreciation of the role of the conductor.

I certainly knew that the conductor was the maestro, the leader. However, watching in person I really got an “up close and personal” view of the importance of the conductor. Gerard Schwartz was vibrant, charismatic, seemed to be one with the music, and exacted a real presence for his team. I always thought the conductor was most important in practice, however I stand corrected. He is also critical to an amazing performance as he leads with his personality and passion.

Business leaders lead with personality and passion, too. Or at least they’d better! Whichever way they go, it’s obvious to everyone else both internally and externally. Like a great symphony conductor, a leader is the maestro for his or her organization. Their team will follow based on their vibrancy, charisma, and presence.

This week’s quote – “A leader is a dealer in hope.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte

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