What is leadership?

There are many paths to becoming a leader, and I believe that learning to be a better leader never ends. It is an ongoing journey that requires a beginner’s mind to understand how to use what you learn for what you face today. It is essential to understand that to be a better leader is not just about learning to write a grant, financial report, or budget. Those are all skills required to help you manage and sustain your organization. Leadership skills go beyond management skills.

A good leader inspires others and is not there to impress others. In leadership, there is no room for ego. It is essential to focus on what is best for the entire group. An admired leader does not boss everyone else around while sitting back and not helping. A respected leader is working side by side to help finish the work. A leader does not mean you are the one that is always standing out in front. Shared leadership creates a solid foundation for the organization.

Compassion and empathy are foundational points to becoming a better leader. Patience and listening lead to understanding and empathy to guide your decisions. Easy to say but challenging to do.

Derek Oye and I will be leading the 2022 TCA Leadership course. Classes will begin in April and end in October. We will combine our shared experiences with those of many respected taiko leaders in our community as guest speakers to examine leadership styles and challenges we face to help us become better leaders. Better leaders will create more efficient organizations and a stronger taiko community.

Classes will be held on Zoom, typically one Saturday per month from Noon to 3:00 PM Pacific Time. Here is a rough draft of the topics we will be covering:

  • Taiko History
  • Values and Group Culture
  • Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion, Group Dynamics, and Team Building
  • Arts Industry: Organizational Management and the Multi-Cultural Arts Landscape
  • Balancing artistic vs. administrative
  • Community

The form to apply for our 2022 cohort is now available.
Follow the link below to learn more and apply today:


What is a taiko leader? Join us for the 2022 TCA Leadership Program to discover the answer. Please help us build a stronger taiko community.

Roy Hirabayashi
TCA Advisory Council member
Co-founder of San Jose Taiko
roy@taiko.org

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