Music & Leadership

Seminar: Music & Leadership - The Search of Excellence

Seminar: Music & Leadership - The Search of Excellence

Bibi Pelić, classical violinist and lecturer, gave a unique and truly inspirational presentation on how music can influence the sphere of business. 'Out of all the arts and human activities music has the most impact on human emotions,' she said. The theme for the seminar was how business leaders can learn from the management skills of top-class conductors and how knowledge of the rules of music can be used in business.

Ms. Pelić enforced the idea that a good manager needs to know the traits and abilities of their staff in order for each member to successfully find their place in the company. As a way of illustrating this concept, she compares people to instruments by describing the purpose and identity of the instruments which make up the orchestra. For instance, the first violin is a leader that carries the melody and presents the ideas of the music. The second violin and viola have a more supportive role, whereas the cello is the rhythm and the double bass provides the home base. In other words, there is a structure and purpose for each individual member. Conductors have to know every segment of the orchestra and know what sound they can produce. Being aware of every instrument and player, they have a special vision of how the final product should sound before it is even played - thus, they need the foresight of a successful manager. Herbert von Karajan, for thirty-five years the leader of the Berlin Philharmonics, was one of the great conductors who possessed these qualities, said Ms. Pelić; almost two decades after his passing, his leadership still influences the orchestra's performance.

The seminar was held with the kind support of CEELI Institute who allowed us to use the beautiful library room at Villa Gröbovka for the purpose.

November, 2007
Canadian Chamber of Commerce


'My team and I recently had the great pleasure of taking Bibi's Music and Leadership workshop and highly recommend it. Bibi adjusts her workshop to any kind of team and prepares well while tailoring her presentation and practical exercise to specific needs of the team. The theoretic part was very interesting and prepared the participants well for the practical sessions, which tested and compared the skills of the various leaders. Her style of teaching is very open, interactive and fun. My team has demanded already a second session by her.'


'For those companies or particulars that are looking for a leadership training, I recommend Bibi Pelic services. I attended to one of her leadership and music workshop and it was a great learning experience. Bibi is very professional, enthusiastic and has got deep knowledge about leadership. Some of the knowledge I picked during the training, I can apply it to my work.'


'Bibi has accomplished to bring you insight into management, organization and corporate social interaction thru the lense of music and orquestra direction. Her ideas are presented in accesible, familiar terms everyone can relate to yet provide a new perspective in leadership and management drawing inspiring parallelisms between the two worlds.'