The most successful business leaders draw outstanding performances from their teams, much like the conductor of an orchestra. Just as an orchestra is comprised of distinct sections for strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion, a company has departments, teams, and often, dealer networks, that need to be in harmony.  

In this latest installment from my Umbrella Collection stories, Leadership in Concert, Joe, the main character, faces the music when he realizes his various departments and dealer network are out of sync. He turns to a friend to resolve the dissonance.

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Leadership in Concert follows Joe as he learns inspired leadership practices from a talented music conductor who was a maestro in performance.

A great leader acts like the conductor of an orchestra, bringing out the best in each performer while directing the different sections of the organization to play in harmony. Just as conductors turn their focus to the musicians, leaders must focus on their teams, ensuring they are performing at the highest level, together. All departments must understand the roles they play within the larger organization so, together, they can create a masterwork.

While conductors do not play a single note, they are ultimately responsible for beautiful music. An organization’s leader does not manufacture or sell the product but is responsible for inspiring all of those who do. It’s a leader’s role to provide significance to every individual who represents or affects the enterprise. One key person or department that is failing will negatively affect success for all. When team members recognize the importance and meaning they bring, it instills a deep pride that motivates them to perform at their best.

A company’s story is its great masterpiece. Leaders must protect their brand’s essence. You would never try to rewrite the music of Beethoven or Mozart. Similarly, leaders shouldn’t allow their company’s brand essence to get diluted. It’s their role to champion and reinforce the brand’s differentiation and mission throughout the organization.

There’s much for us, as leaders, to learn from the way a conductor directs an orchestra. I hope you download Leadership in Concert and it inspires you to direct your teams to create their next great opus. As always, feel free to reach out and share any comments you have.  

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Barry LaBov is founder and CEO of LABOV Marketing Communications and Training. He is a two-time Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year recipient and author of numerous business books, including the upcoming book, The Power of Differentiation. Since 1981, LABOV has differentiated and launched products and brands around the world.