Leadership Ensemble: Lessons in Collaborative Management from the World’s Only Conductorless Orchestra
Teachers seeking to collectively design and run schools will be interested in how this conductor-less orchestra operates using ten core principles of collaborative management, including shared and rotated leadership, passionate dedication to mission, clarity of roles within an organization, and learning to listen.
Here’s the book description is from Amazon.com:
“In Leadership Ensemble, authors Harvey Seifter and Peter Economy write about an exciting new model for streamlining organizational management and structure, from an organization known around the world for its innovative structure.
For nearly three decades, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has earned rave reviews as one of the premier touring musical ensembles in the world. Recently, it has also attracted the attention and admiration of the business world. As the only major orchestra without a conductor, Orpheus is a shining example of a new management style based on collaborative leadership.
Leadership Ensemble is designed to show business leaders in any industry how to re-create the successful “Orpheus Process” in their own companies by dismantling top-heavy hierarchies; developing flexible, responsive strategies and decision-making procedures; and unleashing employee creativity, responsibility, and productivity. The authors delineate the ten core principles of collaborative management, including shared and rotated leadership, passionate dedication to mission, clarity of roles within an organization, and learning to listen. Spiced with anecdotes and lessons from the life of Orpheus and case studies from the world of business, Leadership Ensemble is an entertaining, eminently practical guide to implementing changes essential to survival in today’s speed-of-light business environment.”
Notably, there are other existing conductor-less orchestras, as this Wikipedia page shows.
Education Evolving and CTQ have partnered to create these resources for the Teacher-Powered Schools Initiative, which seeks to highlight successes around the country.
Visit the CTQ website to learn more about how CTQ brings educators and school system leaders together in other ways to improve public education for every student.