Lessons from the “jam”



In one of my “lives” I am a musician.  I have been dabbling in music since I was about 13 yrs old growing up on the island of Trinidad, in the country of Trinidad and Tobago. Over the years, music has played a significant role in my life.  In another one of my “lives”, I am  a leadership instructor trying to inspire my students re- the importance of vision, self-awareness, self-leadership, teamwork, etc.  Sometimes these two “lives” converge. This convergence was most apparent to me during a recent music practice.

From time to time, I have the opportunity to lead a very talented team of musicians during the Sunday morning service at the church I attend.   During a recent practice, in preparation for  one such service, some of what I have been trying to teach my students came alive for me in a new way. Here are some of the lessons from the “jam”:

  1. Self-awareness and humility are key characteristics of the effective leader.  These are especially necessary when you work with people/musicians who are more gifted/talented than you are.

2.  Leadership is about giving room for the voices of others; fostering collaboration; empowering others; enabling others to act.


my guitar

3.  It is difficult to lead and empower others if you think you know it all.

4.  At the end of the day you still have to lead but when you receive and act on the input from your team,  the vision becomes “our vision” not just “my vision”. In that context of a shared vision good things happen.

During our Sunday morning service we played together in unity of heart and spirit and that is a good and pleasant thing.

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Cliff {AMDG}

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