Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

Leaders as Conductors

“High-performing companies recognize that leadership is about more than just steering the business. It’s about nurturing, energizing, and challenging the people who help make it run — and who keep it competitive.”     (Boston Consulting Group study, ‘Realizing the Value of People Management’ by Rainer Strack and four co-authors.

“The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.”     (Blaine Lee, The Power Principle)

Have you ever been at a concert and been amazed at how a group of musicians can all be playing different instruments, different times and different keys, but yet, beautiful music comes out of the group?  The conductor facilitates the different sections of the orchestra and each musician to ensure that everyone is “playing off the same sheet of music” which then creates beautiful music. 

Isn’t that the same with the leaders at your workplace?  Isn’t it the job of the leaders to ensure that all the musicians (the associates in the departments) are doing their jobs (playing different instruments and keys) and creating an atmosphere where teamwork is vital among the different departments or teams (sections of the orchestra)? 

Beautiful music comes out of a well conducted orchestra and great work comes out of a company with great leaders (conductors).   

Ready?  And one, two, three, four   …..     keep the ‘music’ playing.

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