4 Leadership Lessons You Can Learn from Dancing The Tango

There are certain fundamental lessons that can be learned from every type of dance. The Tango dance, in particular, is chock full of life lessons that can be transferred into real life situations. Think about, what is really going on during those 3 minutes of a tango song and dance?

  • Communication.
  • Respect.
  • Negotiation.

For the most part, the entire dance is about two people who come together to find a common ground with excellent communication, coordination, and grace. Without respect for one another, these two people wouldn’t be able to gracefully pull off complicated and potential stumble block moves like the ‘arrastre’ without getting on each other’s throats.

This beautiful dance might hold the secrets to becoming a highly effective leader for those who pay close attention to its teachings. From learning the importance of two-way communication to gaining experience in how to give clear directions and let other’s fall into place, being an expert tango dancer might just transform how you view leadership altogether.

With that in mind, here are some wonderfully useful leadership lessons you can learn from dancing The Tango:

Leaders must be strong for followers to shine:

Have you ever heard people complain about how their lack of performance was due to poor leadership? To many, this might sound like crazy talk, but once you have had a few lessons in the art of Tango dancing, you realize just how a strong leader is fundamentally important for the creation of an outstanding follower. When executing boleros (kicks), ochos (serpentine steps) and other steps, the follower must have a strong leader who is going to set them up for success in those steps. The leader should sense which foot the follower is leaning their weight on as well as their skill level before setting them up for any complicated steps. By doing this, and guiding them through the necessary hurdles, the leader will be setting up the follower for success.

To lead well, you first must understand how to be led:

It’s all about understanding the other person’s point of view. Traditionally, men lead the women in this dance. But in order to learn how to be good leaders, men must learn how to be led. Which occasionally means dancing with other men or allowing the woman to lead the dance. This gives both parties an intimate knowledge of what it feels like to be on the other side.

By being led, you get a great sense of what kind of leader you should be based on your expectations as a follower. This is a wonderful trait for a leader to have in real life. Being able to empathize with and see things from the perspective of their followers will allow them to open up better and clearer communication lines with those followers.

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Believe in your followers:

To execute the perfectly synchronized move when dancing, both parties must trust each other to do what needs to be done. That means that the leader should trust the follower to read into his intentions and follow through as needed. It also means that the leader should be confident enough to give clear signals (instructions) to the follower so that everything goes according to synchronized plan.

Learn to have fun:

There is a lot of pressure that comes with being in a leadership position. This pressure can lead to a great deal of stress and in the most extreme of cases, depression. Learning to dance teaches you to have fun even when put in the spotlight. Learning how to coordinate, communicate and trust your partner/s gives you an insight on how to actually let go of the reigns a little bit and have fun with it.

Learning how to dance the Tango has a lot more benefits than just improving your gait and coordination. It can teach you a lot about:

  • Great leadership skills.
  • How to give clear directions.
  • How to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
  • How to take disappointment and still carry on with a positive attitude.

If you take the time to play close attention to all the intricate lessons, other than the dance moves, within every Tango class you will see just so how they apply to your everyday life. The best thing about this type of leadership class is that it is fun and it comes with an incredibly beautiful and nimble partner.

Written by: LeonSEO


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