3 Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork From a Band Nerd

During my senior year in high school, the school's music director selected me to be student conductor for the year. Student conductor – what a privilege! I would get to choose a piece of music for the entire band to practice and perform at an upcoming concert. Me! I was buzzing.

I had played the flute for eight years at that point, and was a true band nerd: flitting through scales in between classes, striding along with the marching band under glaring lights at football games, submerging myself in improvisational jazz until it poured out of my ears.

What I learned about leadership from being a high school band nerd:

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