The analogy of the leader as a facilitator to the organisation, more conductor than captain, has taken root in academic research.
The words of a real conductor, Sir Colin Davis (The Guardian, 13th May), put the idea across succinctly:
The less ego you have, the more influence you have as a conductor. And the result is that you can concentrate on the only things that really matter: the music and the people who are playing it. You are of no account whatever. But if you can help people to feel free to play as well as they can, that’s as good as it gets.
I can’t think of a better manifesto for creative leadership in organisations.