May 24, 2010


Orchestra conductor Nierenberg shows how to lead by listening in order to draw out an organizations full potential. Using his own personal experiences he tells the tale of a struggling executive who is challenged by a deeply divided, disfunctional team. By sitting in on an orchestra rehearsal, the executive learns a new perspective. The conductor does not micromanage, but rather communicates a larger vision and asks the orchestra members to each contribute their individual talents to it. He asks the orchestra members to take responsibility for the entire song, not just their individual part. And, he asks everyone to keep their ears open and receptive to new ideas. This leadership tale puts emphasis on listening, an often forgotten leadership trait.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Maestro: A Surprising Story about Leading by Listening
Roger Nierenberg
HM 1261 .N54 2009