Yes, I knew that title would get you! You are either for it or against it; there usually is no in-between. Well, I am for it, and in my opinion, great leaders play music to close out a meeting!
During this unprecedented time of extreme social distancing, leaders must think of alternate ways of engaging their workforce. Due to the recent situation, professionals must work from home. Those who can’t are required to stay in their office alone while attending audio or video meetings. That was the case last Friday.
I was in my office listening in on one of the weekly battle rhythm meetings, and as the meeting was coming to a close, our most senior leader plays a great song. Why would he do this? Who would do such a thing? A great leader would because they know that music unites people.
Even though we were all physically apart, he brought us closer together through music. If you are still not convinced to use music to engage with your workforce, check out what scientific research says about music:
“Listening to music and singing together has been shown in several studies to directly impact neuro-chemicals in the brain, many of which play a role in closeness and connection.
Now new research suggests that playing music or singing together may be particularly potent in bringing about social closeness through the release of endorphins (Suttie, 2016).”
“When a listener is engaged with music, their neural responses are in sync with that of other listeners, thus inter-subject correlation of brainwaves is a measure of engagement (York, 2019).”
After the music, he gave us words of encouragement! One of the main messages being that we take care of each other! As the meeting ended, you could hear laughter. We were encouraged. Even though we realize that there are still a lot of unknowns with this new normal, what we do know is that we are one team and that we take care of each other! Try uniting the team with a great song! Organizations are made of people, so always seek to engage and always put people first!!! SMC
Suttie, J. (2016, June). How Music Bonds Us Together. Retrieved from greatergood.berkeley.edu: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_music_bonds_us_together
York, C. C. (2019, March). Music captivates listeners and synchronizes their brainwaves. Retrieved from sciencedaily.com: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190308133358.htm