While watching the Academy Awards this year I learned about an amazing music teacher named Gregg Breinberg. The kids at PS22 call him Mr B. In a word: WOW!
An article on the Open Education blog described Gregg in this way: “Gregg has inspired countless youngsters at one of those everyday public schools filled with kids from all walks of life to reach for heights they could never have imagined or accomplished on their own. He is a young man with incredible passion and a never-ending commitment to his craft and his students. He is also proof positive of what a great teacher can accomplish.”
Sounds like a leader in action to me! Here is their Academy Award debut.
During the show I saw an interview with one of his students. He said Mr. B. tells them “Don’t Fake It, Feel it”. This is not only great advice for performers, it is wonderful advice for leaders.
If you watched the video you can actually witness these kids feeling the music. The effect is profound.
You may have heard of the TV game show called “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?”. As I watch the numerous inspiring and now famous YouTube videos of Mr. B’s students performing and being interviewed about what makes him such a great teacher I find myself asking a different question: Am I as Passionate as a Fifth Grader?
Many of us have been trained to keep our emotions in check, especially in the workplace. It seems as though the socially accepted range of emotion has left far too many people going through the motions and people in leadership positions operating like talking heads rather than feeling human beings.
It’s time to bring our emotion back into the workplace – the emotions that are fueled by our personal passions and our desire to do great work and make the biggest possible difference in everything we do.
The next time you catch yourself just going through the motions remember this phrase: Don’t Fake It, Feel It!
What different do you think leading with this mantra in mind could make for you as a leader and/or for the organizations you serve?