How Music Can Helps to Become a Good Leader

Doug Pitassi

November 15, 2022


Music has a powerful effect on human behavior. It develops self-discipline and helps build interpersonal skills. The body is also affected by music. It has an innate ability to evoke positive emotions and feelings. Using music to cultivate these traits can be a helpful way to improve your leadership skills.

Influence of popular culture on leadership

People from different cultures have different views on what makes a good leader. Some view a leader as someone who can monitor and spot opportunities, while others view a leader as someone who challenges the status quo. While Americans tend to rate an argument more convincing than another, Asians and Chinese rate both equally convincing. In the same study, researchers from Singapore and Japan conducted simulation studies and compared the responses from participants in each culture.

Pop culture has long influenced political action. In the 1930s, Billie Holiday released her poem Strange Fruit to protest the lynching of black people in the South. In the 1960s, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie’s protest songs became anthems. The band Peter, Paul, and Mary’s version of “Blowin’ in the Wind” sold millions of copies.

Developing self-discipline through music

Music is a great way to develop self-discipline. It teaches you to be responsible, especially when you don’t have anyone to watch you. Developing self-discipline requires hard work and repetition. This can help you develop the self-esteem and confidence you need to succeed.

Developing self-discipline through musical practice will help you become a better leader. Music requires a high level of self-confidence, and students need to build that confidence over time. This confidence will be important when they perform live in front of a large audience. Confident musicians also tend to be better leaders.

Developing interpersonal skills

Music is a powerful tool for developing leadership and interpersonal skills. It cultivates metacognition, reflection, and empathy. Music ensembles are great environments to develop these skills. Students build on their skills as they strengthen their ensembles and advance to new repertoire. As a result, they can better interact with others and resolve conflicts and challenges.

People who know how to interact with others effectively can build strong teamwork. They are more able to handle stress and positively communicate their intentions. Being transparent and open about change can help build a strong workplace culture. People who know how to communicate effectively can make others feel welcome and supported.

Tuning for resonance

Resonance is a principle that explains how change builds and manifests in our world. It begins slowly and explodes with the same force that created it. Consider the Berlin Wall: pent-up pressure in Eastern Europe caused the wall to fall. Likewise, the increasing pressure for gun control galvanized the events at Parkland High School. Those who lead by resonance are the ones who can chart a new course through the challenges and uncertainties that lie ahead.

A leader who understands the importance of connecting with the people around them is a resonant leader. In addition to understanding the needs of their people, resonant leaders understand the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ) and act with mental clarity to support and empower their teams. This enables them to develop trust among their team and build strong bonds with their employees.

Developing self-discovery

Music can be a great tool for developing self-discovery and helping you become a better leader. As a leader, thinking about who you are and what you want is important. To become effective, you must go on an inner journey of self-discovery. For musicians, self-discovery is one of their most important tasks.

Music allows you to become more compassionate and empathic, and it can improve your ability to build relationships with others. Connecting with others through music encourages you to step into their story. Eventually, you may notice that your worldview has changed.