This morning I plugged my iPhone into my laptop for a quick charge. I rarely do this nowadays because I sync everything from iCloud. So, when iTunes opened, I was pleasantly surprised to see a few tracks that I had bought but not synced to the cloud. One of these tracks is called “Wherever You Are” by the Military Wives Choir. I played the track and remembered watching the short TV series played here in the UK a few months ago. The series depicted a Choir Master, @GarethMalone, creating a choir from the wives and girlfriends of British Military men currently stationed in Afghanistan. It was truly an act of inspirational leadership. Many of the wives live in the shadow of their men, seeing their duty as looking after their family while their men were at war. They were playing the waiting game, hoping, sometimes in vain, that their loved ones would return safely.
@GarethMalone built a choir and the culmination of the series was when they sang “Wherever You Are”, a song specially written by @PaulMealor, at the Royal Albert Hall in front of the Royal Family and on national television.
The soloist, Samantha Stevenson was one of the most insecure people I have ever seen. Her favourite word seemed to be “Sorry.” @GarethMalone could clearly see her potential and he worked tirelessly to give her the confidence to sing the solo. He is a truly inspirational leader.
I have heard the choir sing many times, quite often without Sam Stevenson singing the solo and, while they all have beautiful voices, the emotions that the song invokes are never as strong as when Sam Stevenson sings.
The choir went on to hit the No 1 spot in the Christmas charts outselling the next 12 artists put together and they have now released an album.
@GarethMalone created this team, led through hard work and inspiration and the team has now taken on a life of its own.
I pay homage to @GarethMalone.
Are you frustrated by team members that are not fulfilling their potential? Do you have one or two people in your team that you know are destined for great things but are failing to live up to expectations time and time again? Are you doubly frustrated because the culture surrounding them is one of teamwork, support and nurturing but they are still not responding?
My suggestion? Take the time to watch the TV series and learn from a truly inspirational leader… @GarethMalone. You might also buy a copy of “Wherever You Are” by the Military Wives Choir so that you can be inspired by these wonderful ladies and their leader.