The Value of Traditional Drum Ensemble for Leadership Development and Team Bonding

There is prove that some African ensembles can be a useful tool for leadership development and team bonding. At Hyville we worked with that and we want you take a second look at it. There could some value for you.

The cross rhythm and poly-rhythms of Africa ensemble provides the richness that is needed to give off the harmonic sounds we dance to. Those rhythms are symptomatic of the type and kind of teams leaders choose to work with. Each team member comes to the room with a rhythm that has been developed and nurtured over the years. The expectation is for that team member  to work with and for other members within the team to produce the harmonious energy needed to show results that leaders chase after. Question is, what kind of rhythm do we carry into our workplaces? Is it a type relevant for the company or group? Is it playing in tune or out of tune? The Ewe dance music called Agbaza gives us an eye opener to how to do this within your team.

In 2014,  Hyville used the Agbaza dance ensemble to facilitate a team bonding exercise for Tullow Oil. These are what was learnt:

  • Each team member is relevant to the success story of a company
  • The most least considered team member makes important contribution to team performance.
  • The leader sets the tone, start and vision of an initiative for team members to follow and champion
  • There is strong harmony in diversity. Team member brings diverse talents, strengths and knowledge. You capitalize on these to create sustainable success.

If you want to know more about how Abgaza music ensemble can support you in team bonding and leadership development do not hesitate to contact us.


Written by: Benjamin Yaw Manu

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