Great Leadership begins with great Self Leadership. And as we lead ourselves, we lead others. Self leadership is not only relevant to leaders but to all business professionals.
Mastering Self Leadership is extremely important for musicians. As in business life, Self Leadership calls for clear goals. These goals can be macro and micro goals, and they can point to business or personal dreams and objectives, but the point here is:
To achieve our goals, we need to work intentionally on achieving them.
And we need to know what behaviours, exercises, ways of thinking and influencing ourselves (and others for that matter) that will get us there.
Breaking down big goals and practice self leadership
Musicians are experts in breaking down big goals into practical Self Leadership on a daily basis. Maybe simply because they have to. Being a professional brass player having regular performances requires that you are in good physical, technical and musical shape. Being a top performer – in music and in business – takes discipline and decication. This is why we have hand picked six Self Leadership tools for you to learn:
The Self Leadership Tools you learn
- Self leadership basics – The building bricks of strong Self Leadership
- Preparation methods – Creating and developing habits that make you feel secure and able to handle any unexpected and improved situations
- Managing anxiety in presentation situations – Nerves hit us all. Learn to make them work for you with the Mood Buttons tool
- Winning mindset – Mind Triggers to put you in ‘The Zone’ where you are the best version of yourself
- What’s practice and what’s performance? – 5 minutes intentional practice every day is better than 30 minutes every other week. Learn why and how to structure your practice
- Personal impact & meaningfulness – Clarifying your personal purpose and defining your thought leadership qualities
An example of a musician’s self leadership routines
Imagine this: A great concert in the night starts in the morning with good warm up habits. For our Head of Brass, Jonas Wiik, for example, good warm up habits consists of:
- A 15 minute yoga and meditation session focusing on grounding the body and getting the breathing right
- A 45 minute session with his trumpet focusing on tone production, air flow, register playing (low notes and extremely high notes), scale playing, different style of tounging and swopping between different trumpets
- A 30 minute session focusing on concert and performance repertoire
A little inspirational tip: You might be interested in reading Nelson Mandela’s lessons in Self Leadership by London Business School – we think it’s very inspiring.