How exactly do you see your role? Inspiring the players/singers? Conveying the vision of the composer?
You have to consider many things. Conducting is essentially a group leader role. You have to create the space for talented individuals to be able to do their finest work. Sometimes just allowing them the space for their own inspiration is the best course of action. Casting, enabling, and then solving problems when needed I’d say. Certainly my vision of the music is central but like everything, a good concert is the marriage of those ideas with the personalities that are involved in the creative process together.