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A leader is like a conductor...



A conductor’s role is to create an environment which allows her individual musicians to excel.

A leader’s role is to create an environment where her team members can excel.


A conductor isn’t necessarily the best musician. But that doesn’t matter.

A leader isn’t necessarily the most technically proficient. But that doesn’t matter.


A conductor doesn’t produce any sound, but his success is judged by the collective sounds of his orchestra.

A leader may not produce any tangible product, but his success is judged by the quality his team produces.


A conductor translates a vision into reality.

A leader translates a vision into reality.


A conductor brings together many individual musical scores to create a sublime 'whole'.

A leader successfully combines a diverse range of skills and experience to achieve synergy.


Can you think of any more analogies?


‘The role of a leader is to build and sustain an exceptional operating environment’.

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