A Leadership Tip for the Problem Solver
Sterling Ringwald

For example, a few practices ago, I asked the less skilled cohort to play a musical piece without the advanced players because I didn’t like the fact that they relied on them to cover up their mistakes.

I can relate to this so much. My last year of high school, my friend invited me to be part of a Chinese traditional ensemble and I enthusiastically agreed, only to find out later that the sheet music was different from what I was used to and that it wouldn’t be as easy to accompany the very skilled musicians with my zero experience with such an ensemble. I was guilty of the above half of the time, letting my music drown in the ensemble. Then came along a solo and suddenly there was nowhere to hide. But I have to say that the conductor contributed a lot to me ultimately making it to the show. Patient and kind all throughout, he had probably been let in onto this amazing advice on leadership. He was all about positive feedback and didn’t fail to highlight it if I was doing well. The insight in this article really got me to review this experience I’ve had and I have to admit that I can also understand better what kind of leadership allows me to thrive and what kind of leader I aspire to be!