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Lead, even if you can’t dance a lick

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In many ways, Savion Glover, the tap-dancing kid on “Sesame Street” who grew up to become king of tap, is showing how a leader comes into his own.

1. Work smarter, not harder. Asked if his new style represents a change, Glover describes it as “the difference between hitting hard and just getting the point across. I was younger when I was dancing harder.”

2. Do it all. Once you’ve mastered a domain, broaden your reach. Glover’s goal now is to become an all-around entertainer: dancing, singing, monologues, “like Gregory Hines, one of the greatest entertainers all around,” he says.

3. Continue to innovate. In his latest show, Glover adds his voice as an instrument, scatting and notating rhythms out loud: something all tap dancers do in their heads, but a revelation for the audience.

“There is Savion Glover,” Hines once said, “and then there are the rest of us. Savion Glover has changed the way we perceive tap dancing.”

— Adapted from “Mr. Glover Hits Again,” Jane Goldberg; and “A Conversation,” Karen Hildebrand, Dance Magazine.

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