When you are in charge of a group of people, there are several responsibilities that fall on your shoulders. If you’ve never been in a management position or haven’t had any business training, this can be a challenging endeavor. The truth is that it’s really not all that difficult, as long as you know what to do.
The most successful leaders in any capacity practice certain fundamentals that have proven to be repeatedly effective. It may seem like a lot to remember, but you’ll find that the majority of the responsibility as a leader will involve troubleshooting and problem solving. This is the real world, and that’s the reality. You’ll have much more success dealing with all of the variables that come into play if you first commit to having the basics covered.
1. Have a plan
Regardless of what kind of band you’re in, chances are you want to do something with it. If you’re the leader, you probably have a vision of what you’re looking to accomplish. The best way to get anything done is to first be specific about what you want to achieve and follow that with practical steps to take.
Plans are a funny thing. They’re designed to be rock solid, yet are always subject to change. If you roll with the reality of that fact, you’re in good shape, as long as you always have a plan.
The primary benefit of having a plan is that it provides focus. It narrows down the options of what to do to the most practical and beneficial steps that can be taken. When you can be clear about the road you want to travel, there’s nothing stopping you from reaching your destination.
As the leader of the band, your mates will be looking to you for information. It’s your job to make sure that they get that information on a regular basis and in a timely manner. This is not to say that you have to tell your band about every minor business detail, but it is your responsibility to share news that is relevant to each member.
Upcoming dates, songs to learn, rehearsal schedules, etc should all be shared at the same time with your band through an email thread. You can even easily create a private Facebook Group with just the band members where you can centralize all of the information.
The point is, you need to be forthright with anything that matters to the players in the band. Keeping communication lines open and consistent leads to more productivity and subsequently, more success.