Techno DJs not only control the dancers but are influenced by them
What is it about?
DJs often appear as charismatic leaders. They are however influenced by their audiences (followers). A DJ is nothing when people do not dance. And they never trust a DJ who does not dance. So there is a constant back-and-forth between DJs and dancers. DJs seek physical closeness to feel the engery and mood of the dance floor, they use their body movement to relate to the audience, and the techno set (and the sequence of tracks) is not planned but improvised and the result of mutual influence.
Why is it important?
The study shows that leadership does not belong to one "charismatic" person (DJ), but is between the leader and the followers and constantly negotiated. In this case, leadership is executed non-verbally and a result of empathy and the ability to connect to what is going on. Leaders in many situations need to be able to use their empathy and their "antennas" to connect with people whom they interact with.
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