Let me tell you a story about my children. A long time ago when they were really little, my three daughters absolutely loved dancing. I can remember so many evenings when us parents were required to sit on the settee clapping and cheering whilst they put on a show. They would twist and turn and do little roly-polys and jump up and down and fall over. Their energy was infectious and always made us laugh and feel like proud parents.
They loved it so much that we started to take them to ballroom dancing lessons at the local church hall. There, they started to learn steps, rhythm, and techniques. Over time they could do the basics of the dances and the shows in the sitting room morphed into rather plodding cha-chas and sambas. Of course, we continued to applaud and over the years they got better and better.
There came a point in their classes, when the emphasis of their teachers focused on something other than technique. It began to include “musicality”. This had a more intangible, less defined quality than the steps and was about letting their personality show up, playing with the rhythms, creating something magical and magnetic that drew your eye in.
I went to watch the International Ballroom Championships at the Royal Albert Hall in London in October. It was a spectacular occasion and one I would recommend. I really noticed those dancers who stood out because of this “musicality”. They stood out because all of the dancers on the floor had the technique mastered. It was the musicality that made those who were excellent, stand out. Their love, passion and involvement in the dance shone through.
It is the same in our work lives. Sometimes, we have the skills and behaviours we need to be competent. To reach the next level, though, it’s the “musicality”, not just in what we say and do but in who we are, that catches other people’s eye, draws them in and takes us to the next level and certainly, it is one of the things that is critical in leadership.
Take a look at yourself and ask, along with developing your skill and expertise, what are you doing that catches the eye, engages with people and draws them in? How are you expressing your passion in your career? What are your doing that ignites and inspires?
Good luck at the LBSS Competition at The Kings Hall in Stoke on 29th November. Indigo are delighted to be sponsoring the Ex-Student Awards. I am looking forward to a great day watching you all dance.
Indigo coaching and leadership development
Sarah Smith, Director of Indigo, supports managers and leaders as they take themselves and their teams through change. She has worked in organisations as diverse as ITV, Bromley Women’s Aid, the Rugby Football Union and Network Stadium Housing Association and runs the highly acclaimed CIH 4 Day Managers’ Programme.
Find out more about Indigo at www.indigo-leadership.org
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