Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, asks an extraordinary question of himself when he does not see his players fully engaged…when he does not see them “awake with possibility.”
He asks: “Who am I being?” He does not ask: “Why don’t they get it?” Or, “What’s their problem?” He turns the question first on himself. “Who am I being that I am not seeing the effort, the passion and the possibility that I know is in every one of them?”
His humble and massively vulnerable awareness is that his followers are always a perfect reflection of his energy, his optimism and his belief.
Is there an organization today that isn’t facing the need to transform in the face of a radically changing world? I would bet on those whose leaders start the conversation with this profound and simple question:
“Who am I being?”