Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Gustavo Dudamel

Hats off to Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Saw him profiled on 60 Minutes a couple week's ago - guy's amazing - truly one of the hottest conductors around - so full of energy, excitement, and passion for music. He's taken music to a new level in Venezuela with his Youth Orchestra - his combination of humility, enthusiasm, and expression is electric. I'm looking forward to his taking over the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2009. I will be one of the first to fly down there and see him in action live. See for yourself:

Also, noted a few similarities between conducting an orchestra and leading people at a company or on a project. Most of Dudamel's characteristics below, which come so naturally to him, make up the essence of what I feel is required of today/tomorrow's leaders.

1. Humility & Sensibility
2. Endless Positivity
3. Engaging Charisma
4. Knowledge of Subject Matter
5. Ability to Connect People
6. Knowing How to Lead Leaders
7. Passion & Creativity

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