Bill Wyman – a great leader

Last night I was lucky enough to be watching Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings play for perhaps the fourth or fifth time.  I sat in an audience of fifty somethings, wondering what all these old farts were doing watching one the World’s great rock icons, and what they would have looked like back in the day. 

The thing about the Rhythm Kings is that they are largely made up of musicians who have had significant careers (such as Georgie Fame, Gary Brooker, Albert Lee etc) mixed with less well known but hugely talented others.  There seems to be one philosophy to the band, to have fun on stage whilst playing the music they love, usually older, less well known songs from many different genres such as jazz, rock and roll, rock, soul, Cajun.

The thing that interested me is that Bill, of course, stands largely in the background, saying little, just his thumb moving and yet is the unquestioned leader of this band.  What is he doing that makes him a leader?  What form does his leadership take?  He seems very happy to let others shine and take the lime-light.  I wonder if business would be a better place is there were more leaders like Bill…

What do you think?

You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.”  Dwight Eisenhower

“I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.”   Everett Dirksen


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