World-class performances depend on harmonious individual efforts supported by sound leadership.

The new role of a leader today is to be the conductor of the orchestra. The conductor’s role is to coordinate the music toward a profitable harmony.

The conductor sits in the middle of the team, in a circle organization, within an arm’s reach of all the players. He or she should not be burdened by the hierarchical layers of management, which in the past, have typically been in the “from the top down” fashion. Respect will be heightened for each of the individual specialists that form the core of the orchestra. This respect will be based on their individual contributions to the team – the value-added – they bring. This includes their ideas, abilities, and actions.

Each of these specialists are required to make exceptional music. However, they will also be judged on how their individual music complements the symphony being performed. They are expected to contribute to reaching the mission, goals, and objectives of the total orchestra. They are expected to perform within the vision and values of the orchestra. They are expected to be harmonious.

The conductor is there to listen to the individual sounds being created and to ensure they blend together toward a common mission of excellence. To help issue directives, the leader listens to those who are creating the work. The leader’s role is to coordinate, encourage, and reward.

The great leader of the future will be capable of listening in such detail that he/she will be able to differentiate each individual sound and judge its value in relationship to the entire symphony.

That leader will listen so completely that he/she will even be able to hear melodies that have not yet been played. As the poet and physician John Keats wrote, “Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.”

The great leaders of the future will hear the “unheard melodies” before anyone else. They will turn them into sonatas, movements, and scores long before the mediocre leaders even know they are being played. And in doing so, the great leaders will have a world-class orchestra capable of playing anywhere with great success. They will have the advantage of being first to perform this music n their marketplace.

In today’s information-based economy it is knowledge that creates wealth. Knowledge is created by capable people being connected with conceptional information and being conducted by quality leaders. Knowledge well used is the basis of all future technical development. Knowledge well managed is the basis of all future success. Knowledge well led is the basis of all future wealth.

In our orchestra, the knowledge people are specialists. They are the people who know their instruments so well that from them, they can create the finest sounds. They know the range of their instruments – and they know how to coax from it new sounds above and below that range. They know every detail they need in order to produce world-class sound.

These high-performance specialists require a new type of leadership. They need access to their conductor in order to have their ideas heard and their music respected. They need to be a part of a harmonious team made up to other quality professionals. They also need to be rewarded for their individual contributions that add so much value to the orchestra.

The conductor’s role is to ensure the orchestra is in tune and is performing the same piece of music in harmony. The conductor’s role is to command stellar performance from each performer, as well as the entire orchestra. The conductor’s role is to ensure the audience leaves feeling they have received more value that the purchase price of their ticket.

New technology will never replace the value of the musical mind and senses, just as synthetic music will never replace the depth and quality of the original instrument. Technology will only make it easier to transpose the music- to provide a new system of delivery. It is the mind of the musicians that will create the music; the senses that will monitor it; and the talent, which will play it. In the end, it is the individual effort that will deliver the music, but it is the management and leadership that will deliver a world-class performance.

Learn to conduct your orchestra.