By Vernalee
Conducting an orchestra is an extraordinary talent. The same is true with a leadership role in any capacity. The finesse to lead particularly when you stand before a group of professionals whose talents and often times egos are as big as the Mississippi River is long – is no easy task. When the mega hit, “We are the World,” was recorded, the incomparable maestro Quincy Jones told all of the recording stars to “check their egos at the door.” He established himself as the leader that would take responsibility to control the orchestration and outcome. The respective singers, though individually and extraordinarily talented, respected Quincy’s demonstrated leadership abilities. The sound and final production only come together beautifully when all follow the commands of the conductor / leader. Following the leader’s dictates produces harmonic melodies in music and in life. Obeying requires respecting authority. The beauty of doing so is heard and seen loud and clear – in music; in life!
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