In business, people have often seen an orchestral conductor as a compelling model for leadership. But in today's evolving landscape, a better model might be the nuanced leadership of a jazz band. More Duke Ellington than Leopold Stokowski. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)'s former CEO John Clarkeson, suggests that great leaders rely less on staying inside the lines and more on collaboration and creativity. They encourage individuals to take risks to discover something new. The result? An organization that can improvise, and where every player is simultaneously led both by the needs of the group and by the leader’s subtle direction.
Based on the 1990 Perspective Jazz vs. Symphony by John Clarkeson, BCG. www.bcg.com/documents/file13578.pdf
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