This article on leadership struck a chord with me. Professor Gernot Schulz, conductor and former member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, gives an insight into how he leads his team (orchestra) to produce the highest performance standards every time.
He discusses the need for leaders to demonstrate perception, and to be present. He looks at the seductive nature of power, managing performance and communication, and a sense of team. He examines the role of trust and empowerment, too - all with the clear intent of achieving beautiful music and high performance.
There are lots of useful messages to take away for all leaders to apply in their own work environment. Take a look below.
The closing keynote session at this year’s CIPD Annual Conference stood out as an anomaly. Was it a fluffy ‘feel good’ finish that would alienate the target audience? Would it play to the crowd at the expense of challenging ideas? Whatever my misgivings, by the time I left I had received a masterclass in leadership from a master in his own field – Professor Gernot Schulz, conductor and former member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Schulz was manic in his energy yet playful with the audience. There were so many lessons to draw on, as the orchestra – his ‘team’ – played a number of beautiful pieces to demonstrate their talent and artistry. Here are just a few: