4 lessons managers can learn from conductors

Musical harmony can only be attained if an orchestra plays in unison because a small mistake could otherwise ruin an entire performance. Entrepreneurs can learn a lesson from this “Orchestra model”, which is a perfect combination of teamwork, collaboration, discipline, learning, execution and management.


  1. Have a clear vision


A conductor has a very clear idea of how his performance should be. He follows the score by the line, and makes sure that his musicians perform as expected. This aspect is tangible. On top of that, he also brings a personnal sensitivity into the music direction, which is a more tangible aspect.


Ask yourself if you have a clear vision of your business and how it can help your strategy? As an entrepreneur you have to test and strengthen your vision.


  1. Define roles and responsibilities


A conductor might be a fine musician, but never will he conduct and play at the same time; as the bassoonist won’t play the trumpeter’s score. Everyone in your team should clearly understand his or her role and responsibilities. Keep an eye on those who get off track, install a process that enables each tasks to be managed by the right people.


  1. Coach and get feedback


A conductor isn’t just there to give the rhythm; he is also a team leader trying to bring the best out of people. He always motivates his team, through good and hard times.


Feedback is constructive for your team’s improvement. Be aware of how you communicate and guide your team. Find useful learning opportunities, to improve skills.


  1. Be in front, be visible


A conductor stands on a platform for all to see him. He isn’t afraid of moving his arms in the air and looking funny. He imposes the rhythm that the orchestra follows. He gives the starting queue, (not that he doesn’t trust his musicians), because his goal is to perform perfectly.


As an entrepreneur, you shouldn’t be afraid to act like a conductor. Your words and actions will always be scrutinized and analyzed. Some will try finding contradiction in your words, hidden meanings; this is why it is important to communicate clearly constantly. Be present for your team, and ask yourself if you are anticipating your team’s needs the adequate way.