Ten Leadership Traits Learned from Jazz

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-17-2012

Ten Leadership Traits Learned from Jazz

Deviate from Routines
Tote activity doesn't lead to the path of innovation or disruptive technology.

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Let Plans Vary
Written strategies must allow room for flexibility to ensure freedom to collaborate and discover.

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Channel the Conductor
Guide teams through the unpredictability of flux so a sense of organized coherence emerges.

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Don't Seek Linear Growth
A jazz-driven approach requires the constant revision of assumptions and lessons learned from failure.

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Promote Preparation
Like solo practices in jazz, pre-collaboration research represents the first step toward successful creativity.

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Cultivate a Culture of Practice
Knowledge gained in real world situations resonate far longer than those learned in a classroom.

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Base Hunches on Experience
This reduces risk, as opposed to taking random guesses to see what works.

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Anticipate Change
If you’re ready for change, you can respond more effectively.

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Remember Performance Peaks
After team members have forgotten these moments, help them re-establish these levels of excellence.

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Maintain Baseline Expectations
Even while embracing unconventional approaches, standards still apply.

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