My husband and I went to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) tonight. If you haven’t heard of them before, they are a group of singers, musicians, songwriters and storytellers that tour at Christmas time. They have been playing rock music with a combination of art, stories and visual effects for the past 21 years. They play some traditional Christmas music, as well as their own songs. Many of the songs are so great that they don’t even require lyrics or anyone singing them. As the founder Paul O’Neill said “he believes if you want to change the world, you just need to write a great song.”
What I liked about the story of how the group got started is that he had a really big vision. He wanted to do something that had never been done with rock music and push the boundaries further than ever before. TSO has accomplished that goal way beyond what they ever expected. They have sold more than $10 million in album sales and played for over 100 million people. People who are part of the band are amazing artists in their own right, but they have done some spectacular things by coming together. They use creativity to come up with something new each year that hasn’t been tried before. Every move is choreographed from how they come on stage, to where they stand and what effects are executed during the different songs that are played. They give generously to charity and they have local musicians from the cities they are playing in to join them on stage for their concerts. Many people at the concert have been to see them every single year that they have toured. This band is doing what they love and sharing their music to create strong emotions of happiness for everyone.
Just like in leadership, they have set a vision, built a great team of talent, they supplement the team as needed, found ways to give back to others, use creativity to get things done, execute with excellence as a high performing team and celebrate their wins. Leadership opportunities are all around us if we are paying attention. You may see things that work well while there are others that could really benefit by having a leader like you get involved. Be open to seeing those opportunities to learn a lesson or to get involved and make the situation better for everyone. You may be just what they need to help inspire them to dream big and see what is possible.
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