There will always be natural leaders—those who have been brought up in a leadership environment and have leadership in their blood. But the vast majority of new leaders are notborn. Leadership can be learnedSelf-taught through reading and developing skills over time --- in the fieldMentoring and supervisory relationships key to fostering culture of leadershipExamine great leaders in history and identify common characteristicsI do believe that leaders can be developed – I have to believe that because currently we have far too few of them in the world
Training opportunities within fieldNo defined management training tracks or “career ladders”Move line staff into management without Leadership trainingDirection: Most “fields” do not have a blueprint for advancement between leadership levels (i.e. Line Supervisor Manager ExecutiveCurrent mechanisms do not promote diversityCompensation Issues creates high turnover
Once achieved, team disbands
Like other professionals, the musicians don't need to be empowered--they're already secure in what they know and can do--but they do need to be infused with energy for the tasks at hand. This is the role of the covert leader: to act quietly and unobtrusively in order to exact not obedience but inspired performance.