Leadership & Performance

Executive leadership coaching with a difference.

Leadership & Performance

Voces Academy brings the precision and transparency of musical performance to contemporary leadership pedagogy with its transformational executive leadership workshop, Leadership & Performance.

Take a step onto the podium and into the role of a musical conductor, where the singing ensemble is a powerful metaphor for the living organisation.  Workshops simulate the environment of a generalist leader working with a highly-specialised and loyal team of experts.  The difference this time is that only gestures indicate direction and personal leadership style is mirrored through sound.  Professional conductor and Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School (Oxford University), Peter Hanke, guides the learning journey.

Throughout the workshop, participants explore new perspectives and dialogues on:

  • How non-verbal communications are perceived
  • Understanding the impact of personal instincts and subconscious leadership preferences
  • Receiving and interpreting unfiltered, instant feedback from skilled specialists
  • Unlocking the full potential and capacity of a team of experts
  • Inspirational leadership
  • Enabling teams for high-level performance

With the challenges of today’s dynamic world, leaders face intrinsically complex and uncertain circumstances.  Leadership & Performance challenges leadership assumptions  and encourages participants to think deeply and creatively about dilemmas.  By exploring natural instincts and responses, leaders are provided with a unique, powerful and personal insight into their own leadership style.

Workshops can be tailored to address specific needs of organisations, including:

  • Change management
  • Talent & succession
  • Team building

Suitable for groups of between 20 – 30 leaders.

Peter Hanke

Voces Academy’s Artistic Director, Peter Hanke, has 15 years’ experience working with the global business market combining skills of the performing arts arena with executive leadership education. Partnerships include Exart Performances, Saïd Business School (Oxford University), Copenhagen Business School and Bled School of Management.

For further information or bookings, please contact Victoria Ely, victoria@vocesacademy.org

“Peter’s insight and ability to interpret all my preferences in leadership is really unique”


Why is Art interesting for Executive Education?

Art is connected with the concepts of novelty, innovation and authenticity, performance excellence and sensibility, and a special ability to unite people from different backgrounds and with different preferences.

During the workshop you are placed in the middle of an excellent music ensemble, consisting of highly skilled specialists. The challenge is obvious – How do you lead loyal people who know more than you do?


The reality for senior leaders is not far from this situation.  No matter which branch or specialist profession you derive from, you must invite every member of your organisation to join your own leadership journey.  Working with the musicians gives you honest, immediate and delicate feedback on your leadership preferences.

In this setting, your decisions and strategies are interpreted by your employees without words.  Only your gestures and bodily appearance indicate direction and precision, and the result of your leadership can be heard immediately.  Your personal leadership style is heard as sound, your ability to create structure and clarity, momentum and nuance of detail or overview will be reflected without a filter.  The elegant metaphors for conductor and orchestra, as many managers first perceive as a bit of fun, have just become surprisingly real.

Leadership dilemmas

During the exercise you can discover some important personal preferences and behaviours.  As all great leadership actions are connected with solving paradoxes and dilemmas, in the conducting workshop you have the opportunity to exercise your dilemma-approach.  How do you create an inspiring relationship with specialists knowing more than yourself?  How do you take charge and create inviting beginnings and clear endings at the same time?  Do you recognise the talent around you or do you put people under the pressure of surveillance?