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How music can make you a more effective leader

You don’t have to be a rock star with an album that’s grossing millions to say, “Music has changed my life. You may be the leader of an organization, looking for a way to overcome an obstacle or challenge that has been plaguing you, potentially for years.

The key to solving an ongoing leadership challenge might lie in the music you listen to. Listening to the right music can actually change the way you think, help you overcome obstacles, and make you a better leader.

Say you’re feeling frustrated with your team, wondering why they’re not as motivated or engaged as you are, why they’re not treating customers the way you’d like, why you can’t fully delegate, or something else. Then you’re probably wondering, “How can I get them to change?” »

But maybe that’s not the right question. What if you asked instead: “What can I change in myself?” And if the thing you need to change is your internal environment, not your external a?

This is the difficult question that The Chef’s Playlist, the first book by Susan Drumm, Harvard lawyer turned CEO coach, invites leaders to question themselves.

I had the chance to interview Drumm for an episode of Amazing business radio. In the interview, she talked about the revolutionary ways leaders can become more effective. Specifically, she shared a powerful and practical tool for changing unconscious perspectives and behaviors that can create a poor leadership outcome. This tool is music.

According to Drumm, music is a “brain hack to alter ineffective leadership patterns”. From his decades of coaching senior executives, including billionaire CEOs and high profile political figures, Drumm knows that when someone struggles as a leader, especially if they are feeling strong emotions such as burnout , frustration, impostor syndrome, etc., it’s often because there’s a looping internal “playlist” shaping how they view their situation, not outside pressures .

Drumm says, “This thought playlist keeps them stuck. It’s become this soft background music that they may not be able to hear, but it’s there, distracting their emotional state.

The internal playlist is usually rooted in the “wounds” of childhood. Drumm highlights common “playlist titles” she encounters among the executives and leaders she coaches, including, but not limited to:

· I’m all alone

I’m not good enough

I am trapped and confined

These subconscious messages are embedded deep in the leader’s psyche, and it is a challenge for most leaders to simply think Where decide get off their reading list.

During my interview, I asked Drumm if playing music could drastically change a mood. She quickly replied, “Yes,” so I shared a short story about a favorite song I listen to in the morning when I need a little boost to get going. The song is perfect day by Hoku. This is the catchy song which was played at the opening of Revenge of a Blonde. The lyrics don’t match my work ethic (The sun is rising/It’s a little past noon/Make me breakfast/Leave the work to someone else), but the energy, levity and overall feel make it a great song, at least for me.

Music can alter your mood, clear your head, and change the way you think over time. Drumm’s book outlines a strategy for using music to tap into your subconscious. Change the way you feel and you change your thought patterns. Its goal is to help leaders create a playlist that reflects the life they want to lead, understand how their current playlists came to be, and learn how the power of music can unlock true potential. of a leader.

So if you’re struggling to lead your team effectively, find an internal playlist in the background, then create a literal playlist to help rewire those beliefs. As Drumm says: your personal evolution triggers the evolution of your leadership!