The Scientist as conductor

Some leaders consider themselves music conductors, helping all the participants and experts to work together

Organizing as an conductor

Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

I sat on the third row listening to how in some projects scientists and leaders understand their role as the organizer and the one with the overview, standing in the center where all activities connect, leaving the participants room to “just play their part”

It does create a clear frame, but maybe not as much innovation, free thinking and room for improvisation as other types of leadership – take the jazz session, a very different mindset and understanding. I keep coming back to those two images when debating ways of organizing leadership

drawing of a scientist on a podium, looking at volunteers as their conductor. Psychology illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
Drawing up when the leader or scientist understands their role as a conductor

Non texted version of the leader / scientist as conductor drawing:

drawing of a scientist on a podium, looking at volunteers as their conductor. Psychology illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
Non texted version of the leader as conductor drawing

Keywords: art, leadership, management, leader, trailfinder, citizen science, citizen science, scientist, landscapesofunderstanding, reality, strategy, mindset, logbook

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