Since 1979, Benjamin Zander has been the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. He is known around the world as both a guest conductor and a speaker on leadership — and he’s been known to do both in a single performance.
He uses music to help people open their minds and create joyful harmonies that bring out the best in themselves and their colleagues.
My two favourite Zander quotes are:
“The conductor of an orchestra doesn’t make a sound. He depends, for his power, on his ability to make other people powerful.”
“It’s one of the characteristics of a leader that he not doubt for one moment the capacity of the people he’s leading to realize whatever he’s dreaming.”
Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities.
The video of Benjamin Zander is from a TED Talk. Its 20 minutes long.
It’s a good investment of 20 minutes. But IF you don’t have 20 minutes listen to the first 4 and the last 4.
APPLICATION: Did you like classical music? Did Zander create at least some interest if you don’t yet like classical music?