Leaders Should Run Their Businesses Like An Orchestra

14 Aug

Today’s advice comes from John Caplan, CEO of OpenSky, via Inc.:

“Leadership is different than entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is passion, vigor, naive hope. But leadership is actually about empowering other people to unlock their potential.”

According to Caplan, when it comes to leadership, entrepreneurs should be like music conductors. The conductor’s back is always facing the audience, but they play the most important role in the group by leading the orchestra in making music. The symphony makes the show, but they are always led by a conductor. Entrepreneurs should operate similarly, by bringing their employees together to make a team that works harmoniously together.

“That’s the role of being a great leader. Being able to help other people make the music that builds the business that you’re creating.”

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