A couple of years back I discovered that for a long while I had a wrong assumption about the role of an orchestra conductor. I had thought they were “telling” people what/how to sing with their baton. It turns out, the main role of a conductor is to amplify or dampen the sound of individual instruments so that they are fully integrated in the orchestra. Being invited to speak your mind engages and motivates.
Much like an ensemble needs a conductor to make sure they play in harmony, some teams need a leader to amplify or dampen the individual voices. There’s nothing more annoying than having a loud-mouth colleague that monopolizes every discussion and decision. Smart leaders know when it’s the time to say “Thanks Steve, I think you’ve made your point clear. What about you James, how would you approach this issue?”.