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Castles versus Cheerleaders: The Clash of Old and New Power Values and their Effect on the Role of the Conductor

Published in Leonardo, Volume 55, ISSUE 5 OCT 2022


All forms of leadership are currently undergoing change, as digitalization, democratization, and increased transparency have led to a shift in social values and a realignment of influence disassociated from power. Power is shifting in the world; old leadership models are clashing with new leadership models. The article presents an analysis of the role of the conductor using the new power compass framework to discuss the drivers of change in the future of ensemble and orchestral direction and their programming to support diversity and inclusion.

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