The end of the conductor?

Arts ensembles provide the blueprint for a more collaborative leadership style
By Nick Nissley
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2007

The concept of leadership is undergoing a change that is erasing the distinction between leaders and followers and challenging the current understanding of leaders and teams.

The emerging picture of the future of leadership is one where the practice of leadership will no longer be thought of as something initiated solely by an individual leader. Rather, leadership is being redefined to include reciprocal connections of people working together.

Collaboration, shared leadership and the characteristics of an arts ensemble, versus a traditional team metaphor, may be more helpful in shaping the future understanding of team leadership.