4 Bilag 3 RETORIK PÅ DIRIGENTPODIET “Professionelt samarbejde på en arbejdsplads er et spørgsmål om musikalitet. Det handler om at sammensætte det rigtige program. Disponering af det faglige stof, mimik, kropssprog og toneleje er ren musik. Hvis derer en der sidder og trutter falsk bagi, ligner jeg en klovn og vi kommer fem sekunder for sent: Hvis ikke alle følger dirigenten, går det galt.” Johannes Langkilde, studievært
Abstract “It will never be great musically, if it’s not great humanly” An investigation of Conductors’ Rhetoric and its potential within Leadership Rhetoricians throughout rhetorical history have combined the musical and rhetorical field. This thesis, however, introduces a new aspect of the relationship between rhetoric and music. It investigates conductorsʼ leadership communication within three areas: Ethos, Consubstantiality and Body Language. Employing a practical, qualitative approach investigating three professional conductorsʼ rehearsals with professional orchestras, particular methods of communicating are identified. Conductorsʼ leadership communication is special because they almost simultaneously get to know if their leadership was clear enough – the musicians have to respond physically and that response to the communication is audile. The rhetorical skills of a conductor are essential for success with the orchestra. In particular, the conductor must demonstrate a clear disposition and personal confidence, carve out a consubstantial space in which interaction between the conductor and orchestra can take place, and reinforce verbal contents with posture, movement and eye contact. The challenges facing leaders and conductors have similarities; Employees and musicians alike must be engaged, motivated and united for a greater purpose. Demonstrated by conductors, this can be achieved through oral communication along with goal-oriented acting amongst individuals, credibility, structure, confidence and persuasive use of the body. Thus, this work sets out to inspire leaders to adapt conductorsʼ experiences of oral communication. Traditionally todayʼs communication culture is characterized by the written culture, but it turns out that leaders spend a significant amount of time on oral communication. The idea is that leaders can benefit from conductorsʼ oral tools when they for example are doing speeches, presentations, talks and meetings.