A conductor in front of an orchestra is an iconic symbol of leadership- ensuring cooperation, harmony and a flawless performance.

In fact there’s much about how musicians work together that business leaders can learn from- that orchestra conductor Itay Talgam revealed in his book The Ignorant Maestro.

Today’s interview with McCarthy & Stone’s CFO Rowan Baker reveals how her early years as a trained singer brought out her ability to work with others and the confidence to perform at the highest level.

Derwent London CFO Damian Wisniewski, a former concert pianist who also studied music, said something similar when recently interviewed for Financial Director.