The Podium Experience

Leadership Through Music

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We believe that it is time for a new approach to leadership development- one that integrates intellect and emotion within a powerful and memorable human experience.

Music has the power to grant people access to their emotions and psyche in a unique way, and that this power can be employed for the purpose of extraordinary leadership development.

The key to developing leaders lies in the ability to integrate intellectual frameworks for understanding leadership, with the actual experience of leadership itself. Podium’s “once in a lifetime”, stretch-zone challenge of conducting an orchestra of professional musicians provides a unique opportunity to deliver this experience.

Develop your leadership through the extraordinary experience of conducting an orchestra of professional musicians!

The vast majority of leadership programs are set curricula delivered through classroom-taught, rationally based, individual-focused methods. Participants are taken out of their day-to-day workplaces to be inspired by expert faculty, work on case studies, receive personal feedback, and take away the latest leadership thinking (and badges for their résumés). Yet study after study, including my own, tells us the qualities that leaders in today’s world need are intuitive, dynamic, collaborative, and grounded in here-and-now emotional intelligence

Deborah Rowland

“Why Leadership Development isn’t Developing Leaders"

The Podium Experience

The Podium Experience is an extraordinary “whole-brain” learning and development workshop. It utilizes the extraordinary experience of learning to conduct an orchestra of professional musicians to effectively address some of the deepest and most challenging aspects of leadership. No previous musical training is required.

Maybe the best workshop experience I have had. Challenging, and it gets maximum points from me when it comes to encouraging to challenge one-/myself. Worked extremely well for me here on a fairly sophisticated level. Also extremely well organized, in particular given – if I understand correctly – that it is a rather new program.


Erste Asset Management

Music & Leadership


Music has a unique capacity to elicit strong emotions, erode personal inhibitions, and bring people together. And research shows that learning that is embedded in a powerful emotional experience is recalled more accurately and vividly, with greater resilience over time.

In addition, working with music & the orchestra is perfect for developing the “intangible” elements of leadership like authenticity, emotional intelligence, intuition, & vision.  

Our team of Leadership and Music experts will coach and guide you to optimize and structure the learning process and help you connect it with your personal and professional goals.

What I learned is that to lead in an authentic manner, you have to connect with your values, feelings, and emotions, and make them an integral part of how you communicate

Nikolas Iwan

Head of Gas & Service Stations, Shell Austria

An amazing and unique learning experience- I can highly recommend Podium for anyone looking to understand and enhance their leadership style.

Andreas Putz

Chief Creative Executive Officer, Jung von Matt

Excellent! Instructors with great experience!


Amundi Asset Management