Leadership

The Merck Orchestra: Using Mendelssohn To Teach Leadership

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Executive Summary

A symphony conductor, in many ways, has a great deal of mystique about what they do says Jon Chilingerian, Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behavior at INSEAD. To most audiences the conductor may seem like the 'Maestro,' an authoritarian leader commanding musicians from his podium. But Wolfgang Heinzel, chief conductor of the Merck Orchestra, says: "We have people from different cultures, different nations, sitting there. They know their instruments, they know how to play their parts, but now the author has to bring all that together."

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