I’d like to introduce you to Ben Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, and a gifted motivational speaker. At one of our congregational meetings, we had the opportunity to see the video, “Leadership: an Art of Possibility.” I found myself totally captivated by the way he views leadership as empowering others. There’s also a book on this (by Ben and his wife Roz) that I think I’m going to have to break down and purchase…
Before you have a look at the video clip about Ben below, let me just give you a teaser about the film (from Groh Productions):
The new leader’s job is to SPEAK POSSIBILITY. To speak possibility you do not need to be the top guy in the elegant suit. You can speak possibility from any position, in any group of people, anywhere in the world. This leader keeps a possibility alive until every person involved in the project is enrolled in it. As Ben often says, when you are conducting an orchestra it does not work to have just some of the players involved. A great performance arises out of everyone’s passion. And a great performance stirs the soul, rearranges ones molecules, connects ones being to the being of others.
This kind of leadership increases the resources of an institution immeasurably in terms of energy, flexibility, and speed of response to a fast-paced world. © 2000, Rosamund Stone Zander
Key Learning Points:
- Speak Possibility
- Recognize the downward spiral and enroll people in the journey to Radiating Possibility
- Lead by making others more powerful (The conductor does not make a sound)
- Enroll every voice in the vision
- Look for shining eyes
- Quiet the voice in the head that says “I can’t do it”
- Everyone gets an “A” (Give people a possibility to live into, not an expectation to live up to)
- Remember Rule #6!