One of the most exciting nights of my young life was in August, 1989. It was the Moscow Music Peace Festival, held 20 years after Woodstock and more than 20 years ago! We watched the concert live on Pay per View. I can still remember sitting on my front porch in-between sets to catch some pleasant summer nighttime air.
A lot of my favorite American Bands, Motley Crue, Cinderella, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, and Ozzy joined German band Scorpions and Russian bands Gorky Park, Nuance, and Brigada-S for the concert. It was so cool to see bands from the USA, Germany, and Russia share the stage at this exciting time in history. While there was a lot of unpeaceful behavior behind the scenes of the concert, the idea and historical significance is quite amazing.
The lesson for leaders is to demonstrate solidarity across entrenched boundaries and share the stage with others, making difference a strength rather than a diversion.