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Leadership Lessons: Be the Conductor of Your 'Orchestra' Team

Leadership Lessons: Be the Conductor of Your 'Orchestra' Team

There's no one "right" way to lead a business. Today's leaders have a lot of wisdom to impart about managing the modern workforce, because each one approaches leadership in his or her own unique way. Every week, Business News Daily will share a leadership lesson from a successful business owner or executive.

  • The leader: Sina Eghrari, co-founder and chief technology officer of SocioFabrica and Nicho
  • Time in current position: 5 years
  • Sina's philosophy: "I see myself as the conductor, and my team is my orchestra. I know enough about each instrument to understand how to pull it all together, but I surround myself with the true masters of their instruments."

People always say that you should focus on your own unique strengths and work around your weaknesses. When I reflect on mine, I see that I thrive on the diversity of experiences that life has to offer. As such, I have always considered myself a generalist, rather than a specialist. I love to dabble.

In the context of managing a software projects in my career, I've learned to do a little bit of everything. I can code Javascript. I can code server-side. I can write a stored procedure. I can even limp my way through Photoshop. But I'm not the master of any of these skills. I know enough that I can speak the language of an expert in order to guide them on my vision.

The conductor won't know how to play as well as his first violinist, but he knows enough about every instrument in order to lead the orchestra. I make sure every voice is heard and challenge everyone to push towards better solutions. But my job is to keep my focus on the big picture.

Edited for length and clarity by Nicole Taylor.