MUSIC AND LEADERSHIP - MY EXPERIENCE

I love music. I love the fact that people can communicate and share a clear message with one another, regardless of the fact that they may come from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. I love the shivers that are felt as the lights are dimmed. The anticipation, slowly rising as the Conductor walks up to the stage. He taps his Baton, turns the page- and it begins. 

He captivates the audience by leading a unified and magical experience. 


I love that everyone watching is feeling exactly as I am, and in that moment, all of us are aligned in our appreciation and awe of such immense beauty. 


The love for music has been in my family for several generations. My Grandfather would tell me stories of him as a young boy running through the streets of Zanzibar1; the classical Indian music and its elegant rhythm offered a form of serenity amidst the chaos of the cramped streets, tiny shops, and food vendors. I grew up watching the way the tasteful compositions of Mohamed Rafiq and Jagjit Singh would light up his eyes.  He would sing whilst combing and patting down his hair, crossing the street, or in the car on the way home from work. 


My Grandmother and her siblings shared a nostalgic sentiment for Von Karajan, Tchaikovsky, Schubert and others. I too, therefore grew up grateful for such treasures. I still enjoy listening to classical music with my Maa 2 ; We particularly enjoy Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky. 


As a child, I basked in the mesmerizing compositions of musical geniuses including Amir Khusrow, Bulleh Shah, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Abida Parveen.  My father introduced me to Brian Silas and Jim Reeves whose work is also very special to me. I grew to explore the works of many great musicians around the world, and to this day love the innovative and modernized compositions offered from groups like the Piano Guys and Simply Three.  


Even with this appreciation, music was still simply an art to me, and therefore had a seemingly limited place in the work environment. I knew of great scientists and doctors who would play Mozart’s symphonies whilst in the operation theatre- but that was about it. The concept of ‘Music and Leadership’ therefore, and the ability for me to bring it into a corporate context, sounded multidimensional and innovative- and I knew it had something exceptional to offer.