If you’ve ever experienced a difficult time in your life (and let’s be honest… who hasn’t?), there’s a good chance a specific song or lyric touched your soul and impacted your life. It may have even set your life on a new trajectory.
Rock Stars have the ability to impact millions of people with their lyrics. Some take this very seriously, seeking to inspire their listeners with positivity and strength. Some even take it a step further, ensuring that their behavior is such that they can be a role model for their adoring fans.
Rapper Hoodie Allen once said, “I love having fans of all ages, but it’s especially cool for me to have young fans. I hope to be a role model for kids who want to follow their dreams.”
Have you ever considered your impact as a leader? Have you ever taken a moment to think that while you may never have the opportunity to affect the masses, you do have the power to change lives? Most importantly, do you realize that with great power comes great responsibility?
Sure, Spiderman’s uncle wasn’t talking about being a good leader in the business world, but his advice still rings true. Every morning, your team is looking to you for vision, guidance, and support. Don’t take that for granted. Instead, use the 3 E’s to Influence Your Team/Band Members.
Lead by example in everything you do. Yes, your team/band is listening to your words. They are following your directions, but they’re also watching what you do. If you tout the importance of integrity but cut corners with your own responsibilities, they will see. If you insist they speak kindly to one another, yet you verbally degrade them, they will hear. If you encourage work-life balance but can be found in your office at all hours of the day and night, they will know. Your job is to make sure you provide them with someone to look up to. In the wise words of Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, “Don’t talk it, walk it.”
Showing empathy and compassion is essential when it comes to influencing and impacting your team. Be supportive of your employees’ personal situations. Be aware of nonverbal cues that may suggest they are uncomfortable with something being said or done. Ask open-ended questions that allow employees to voice their concerns (and then actually listen to them). Being empathetic goes a long way to building trust and loyalty.
The best way for employees to grow is by being properly trained and then entrusted with new responsibilities. Empower them by learning about who they are, what interests them, and where they naturally excel. Then, encourage them to step out of their comfort zone (without the fear of consequences) to become the person, the rock star they are capable of being.
Rock Stars don’t always set out to be role models. In fact, some downright refuse. However, we can learn a thing or two from those who embrace their power and use it to inspire others. For more tips on how to be a rock star leader, or for a live presentation visit https://www.ITurnItUp.com/.