The benefits of music in the workplace: Part 4 – Leadership

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So far in this series I’ve looked at various ways in which music in the workplace can benefit a work environment by opening the door for improved communicationteam-building and well-being. In this final week I’ll explore the benefits for individuals in terms of leadership.

Listening and leadership are symbiotic and closely related to both music and business: the dynamic of a music ensemble, be it of a choir or an orchestra is in this context a microcosm of a business – the difference being that the success or failure in a musical ensemble is more obvious because it is instantly audible.

What is it that makes a good leader? Not authority, but effective communication of a clear vision and the ability to transform culture when it is needed. Add focus, passion and empowerment and you have the makings of a great leader.

Great leaders and great conductors alike inspire respect. In our Lead Like the Great Conductors workshop, we focus on inclusive leadership by exploring the attributes of a great conductor and extending this analogy to the business environment. We look at understanding the power of gesture, the importance of listening and providing actionable feedback and how to impart responsibility on to every member of the team.

Music lessons also can be an opportunity to hone in on leadership skills. Duet playing at any level requires ensemble, and this requires knowing when to lead and when to follow. This will happen at the beginning and end of the piece, beginning and end of a phrase (short musical sentence), the beginning and end of the notes, and sometimes within a single note the role of leader and follower changes; one may lead into the note, the other, off from the note.

Ultimately of course it’s not just the CEO or senior management who need leadership skills. The well-being of any team relies on the ability of many members of the team to either follow a leader or become a leader on any one project. Ascertaining when one’s leadership is needed requires one to listen to the dynamics of the group and bring about a partnership with colleagues or fellow musicians, something which we do constantly in a musical ensemble.

To conclude this series on the benefits of music in the workplace I’d like to share some words from one of our clients:

“Music in Offices is a valued partner of Norton Rose Fulbright.  The positive impact that music-making has on our business and its people is significant. It brings many benefits, in terms of productivity and effective work relationships as well as external networking and brand profile.”

Peter Martyr, CEO Norton Rose Fulbright

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