A while ago I had the opportunity to attend an evening where members of the Vancouver Island Symphony children’s choir demonstrated how they are taught as well as the opportunity to sit in on a symphony rehearsal.
The first observation was the enthusiasm and dedication of the children’s choir director, Patricia Plumley. She was talented but her talent was not just musical ability. The children obviously adored her and she gave praise throughout the demonstration. Even when they did not do what she asked, the correction almost seemed like praise.
Secondly, the interaction between the musicians and Pierre Simard, the artistic director and conductor of the symphony, is a model for business. The collaboration, praise, guidance, leadership, and teamwork were very evident in the rehearsal. They worked together to produce the best product they could for the performance the next day.
It was very evident that both the choir director and the artistic director loved what they were doing. It showed in how they approached their work and the demonstrated enthusiasm and knowledge they passed on to the children and musicians. They were in charge but had the ability to encourage and recognize the individuals and their contribution to the ‘team’.
There were many leadership lessons in this evening … praise, listening, collaboration, enthusiasm, mentoring, and the sharing of knowledge. This leadership is universal and translates to any workplace. We need more of it!
As always, feel free to share this post giving credit to the author.