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Christmas Carol Concert – Leadership Lessons

By Erica Bassford, Head of Aspire

I was treated last night to the delights of our daughter’s school carol concert. After 2 years of no school gatherings, it was wonderful to see the children, and their parents, in a socially distanced event.

The last time some of these children stood in front of an audience of adults they would have been 5! I doubt they could remember that far back so it wasn’t surprising that they were nervous.

They each had their part, individual readings, solo, duet or small group singing. I would have been terrified if I’d had to get up and sing solo.

Did they all volunteer for their task? No. Did they all think they could do what they were being asked to do at the start? No. Did some have doubts on the night? Absolutely Yes. Were they extremely nervous? I can only answer this on behalf of one small girl, YES!

I’m pleased to say that they all played their part with no tears. Did they all get their words exactly right? Probably not.  Did they all hit every note? Not quite. At the end did they all have a beaming smile? Absolutely, plus many of the parents.

What great life skills they learnt last night. So how was it achieved? By the skills of their teachers: choosing the right task for each person, stretching them individually but not overwhelming them, letting them practice and practice, showing patience throughout. Finally, putting trust in them to deliver the goods.

As leaders we should be applying the same methods with our team members, stretching each one to achieve their potential. Teachers have training, so too should Leaders in industry yet so many are promoted into position without the right training or support.

If you want to stretch yourself, enhance your leadership skills and develop your team why not get in touch? Contact Erica Bassford to learn about Leadership Training and Personnel Development at Ambassador Academy.

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