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  • Writer's pictureLia Bălan

What Dance Thaught Me About Leadership


Have you ever thought about how dance can help enhance your leadership mindset?


As someone who's passionate about both leadership and contemporary dance, I believe there are many parallels between these two domains, that offer valuable insights and skills that can enhance one's leadership mindset and style.


Contemporary Routine
@ OM Studio

Here are just a few traits I have observed, that impact and help develop a leadership mindset:


Self-awareness

Dance requires a high level of body awareness and control. Dancers learn to use their bodies in precise and expressive ways, to coordinate movements with music, other dancers, as well as to communicate emotions and ideas through physical gestures.

As a leader, being self-aware can help you understand your own strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots, and how they impact your team and context.


Creative Problem-Solving

Dancers must be able to think creatively to develop new movements, adapt to changes in choreography, as well as improvise sharply.

Leaders who practice dance can develop creative problem-solving skills by learning to approach problems with a creative mindset and develop innovative solutions to challenges they face in their work.


Collaboration

Dance is often a collaborative process, where dancers need to work together to create a coherent and impactful performance. This requires not only good communication and coordination, but also a willingness to listen to others, to give and receive feedback, and to adjust one's own approach for the sake of the group.

These are all valuable skills for leaders who need to work with diverse teams, build trust and rapport, and foster a sense of shared purpose and ownership.


Confidence

Dance requires confidence and self-assurance. Dancers must be able to perform in front of an audience without fear of judgment or failure.

Leaders who practice dance can improve their confidence by learning to take risks and step out of their comfort zone. This skill can be applied in the workplace when leaders need to make bold decisions and lead their teams with conviction.


Resilience

Finally, dance can teach us a lot about resilience and perseverance. Dancers often face physical and mental challenges, such as injuries, fatigue, performance anxiety, or creative blocks. Yet, they learn to keep pushing themselves, to find new ways of overcoming obstacles, and to bounce back from setbacks.

In leadership, resilience is a key trait that enables us to cope with uncertainty, adapt to change, and stay committed to our goals even in the face of adversity.



By looking at self-leadership from a different perspective, such as dance (whether it's a dance class, moving to your favorite music or simply choosing you’re favourite type of conscious movement), you may find that new paths unfold, and by turning it into a practice, you may soon observe how you start to embody these traits.


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