Who would think Startrek’s Captian Kirk and Whiplash’s Fletcher (J.K. Simmons, current Academy Award Winner) have anything in common? But they do, more than it would seem.
As CEO of the Enterprise and the away team, Kirk always set the pace. He did it through trust, loyalty and instinct.
In Whiplash, Band Leader/Teacher (aka State Farm Guy) set the pace through fear, intimidation and humiliation.
How did both CEOs inspire the best out of their crew?
The answer is simple, know your team. Know how to reach them and build them up. Then take responsibility for your actions and watch them soar or drown based on your tempo.
As leader, you set the tempo. Make sure your team is in sync with you.