National Facilitator Michael Engs is currently writing a book on "The Rhythms of Leadership."He
was inspired to begin the writing following the very positive reception he
received for his
workshop on music as an influencing force in our lives at the 2002 Leading Edge Conference of Phi Theta Kappa
Certified Leadership Faculty.He
wrote the following Instructor's Notebook Feature based on his
workshop and writing on the subject.Engs holds a Ph.D. in Leadership from Northern Arizona University and he is a counselor and professor at Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona, and also teaches Leadership at Northern Arizona University.
I recently saw the IMAX film Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey, described in publicity materials as "an exploration of the sights and sounds of continents and cultures guided by the internationally acclaimed performers of the stage show STOMP," but it also powerfully conveys the kinds of influences to which Engs
refers that make music into leadership phenomena: reinforcing traditions and history, healing, celebrating, inspiring, calling to action, meditating and reflecting -- these are things that leaders and leadership scholars acknowledge as fundamental to effective leadership.