I recently attended a Vivaldi concert that made me think about different styles of leadership and teamwork.
In a classical concert, the orchestra is led by the conductor, the musicians are following ‘the script’, reading and playing the scores, abiding all the rules. There’s little room for spontaneity and improvisation … though the conductor’s interpretation of the piece may create something different, something unique.
In a jazz act, there’s room for improvisation, a player can jump in or quit at some point. This sense of freedom may create something totally unexpected and unique – for both the musicians and the audience.
One is not better than the other, though the latter is certainly closer to my liking when it comes to music – and business.