A few weeks ago, I saw this infographic in a leadership article, and since that moment, I have not stopped thinking about the truth in its depiction. In the dance industry, it is so important that our leaders immerse and maintain their role in “the trenches” (as some would say). Guidance should stem from sustained, direct, tangible experience versus an assumption or utopic interpretation.
For example, in order to effectively lead in the dance studio environment, studio owners should make time to be in the classroom. How can you create your culture and curriculum, guide your instructors, or appropriately discuss situations with parents and students if you are removed from in-classroom happenings?
In the same vein, dance industry leaders and mentors must be knowledgeable of the current, everyday happenings in the dance industry (which was one of the motivating factors behind the creation of The Dance Exec). This knowledge cannot be presumed or fabricated; it must stem from facts, knowledge, and educational experiences at every level.
Check out the following, defining characteristics of a Boss versus a Leader:
Do you find that you have more characteristics of a Leader or a Boss? Where are your strengths and weaknesses, and how can you improve? If you are serving in a leadership role, are you conscious of the message your actions are portraying?
And, keep in mind:
Let’s be an industry comprised of leaders that promote the “Let’s go!” mentality. Imagine the positive repercussions that would emerge from this type of paradigm shift. We have the power to make it happen!