Benjamin Zander

benjamin-zander

Crazy Ones: the people who are crazy enought to think they can change the world and has done exactly that. 

If you observe the conductors carefully, there is one fascinating fact about them. The don’t make a single sound. In other words, they lead the orchestra without the use of words.

One of my favourite teachers is Ben Zander, the conductor for the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He states that conductors never makes a sound because he depends for his power on his ability to make other people powerful. This is worth quoting again.

The conductor depends for his power on his ability to make other people powerful.”

So his role as a conductor and a teacher is to awaken the possibility in other people. There is no better description of a leader than his words.

What’s my role as the platoon commander in the Marine Corps? To awaken the possibility of my men so that they can be great fighters and great men. What’s the single most crucial role of any teacher? To awaken the great giant within each student and the rest is history.


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