Monday, April 11, 2011

A Lesson in Engaged Artistry Harvard Business Review Blog

Orchestra conductors are surely overexploited by management thinkers to describe what effective leaders do in organizations. They attract and inspire talent, strive for excellence, discipline improvisation, foster innovation, set pace, build and resolve tension, and transform potential cacophony into melodious harmony—all with a unique, personal style. Riccardo Muti, the temperamental Italian conductor currently heading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is a prime example—one of a handful of maestros roughly equivalent, and often compared, to celebrity CEOs.