“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”
Many of us aspire to be leaders. But my question for you is what is your why for wanting be a leader? To serve and inspire others? For certain perks or receiving notoriety? American author and pastor Max Lucardo’s quote reminds us that when we want to lead others or as he refers to them as, our orchestra, we must turn our back to the crowd.
I love how this quote provides such a clear visual as us being the leaders of our own orchestra. We are in essence the conductors. The ones with the tiny but powerful wand that the leads the orchestra in simultaneously playing their instruments so that everyone plays as one, which becomes beautiful music. If you have ever been to a concert or watched the Oscars on TV you are able to see the conductor and their orchestra in action. What you are witnessing is pure perfection and magic. A true team that works together, following the conductor’s lead, to make music for the audience there and at home to enjoy. The great thing about it all they are also doing what they love which is inspiring in itself.
If you notice, throughout the entire performance, the conductor never faces the audience. There are only two times that they do: in the beginning when they are first introduced and at the end when the concert is over. Never do they stop to do this during the concert. Not once. Why you may ask? Because they are focused and in the moment. They are present for the cause which is working alongside their team to produce beautiful music and not for the applause from the audience. They know that the applause will eventually come, but only if they focus on the now. Our moral compass can only further be developed if we focus on the now and are in the moment as leaders. We are the conductors of our own lives and are the ones that can make a true difference in the world.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards defining/refining your own moral compass?