Can we compare Lady Gaga with Mahatma Gandhi ?
Greatest leaders of all time do share common traits and one of the most important one is to be able to influence and inspire crowds by standing on their unique and often revolutionary vision, sharing strong personal values and be who they truly are, as they were born that way.
Jamie Anderson, Professor of Strategic Management at Antwerp Management School in Belgium argues in a recent speech on TED named ” Mahatma Gaga” that.Lady Gaga is a great leader as she is able to influence millions of people around the world to follow her on social media or listen to her unconventional messages she share in her shows, videos and dressing with outrageous and provocative outfits. Some argue that it is even more difficult to lead on social media than is the traditional leadership in work settings.
Do You Believe That Leaders are Born or Made ?
That is a classic question but as an executive coach I agree with Jamie Anderson that leaders are born that way, although I think you need to nurture and develop your innate leadership skills. I have coached many clients with various cultural backgrounds and I have concluded that leaders share some personality traits such as emotional intelligence while other people are more comfortable being followers. Nothing good or bad in both roles, but people should know their natural style and cultivate their talent and develop their strengths not try to be someone they are not.
What Makes an Influencer a Leader ?
- Influencing people by being you:Gandhi said, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” In other word be who you are and deliver a clear message that followers, fans, friends, customers can identify with. Lady Gaga assures her fans that it is OK to be an odd “freak” and different. This is a comforting message for most teenagers, young Gen Y adults and even baby boomers who are out of job and hopeless.
- Make it personal: Lady Gaga admitted she was bullied when she was a teenager. A sad statistic shows that 77% of kids in America have been bullied. No wonder why Gaga is a true role model for teenagers. Steve jobs too has been rejected many times. From the beginning of his life Jobs was rejected by his birth parents and adopted. Jobs was booted out of the company that he built, He said “I had been rejected, but I was still in love, so, I decided to start over”, in a speech of Steve Jobs, entitled, “You’ve Got To Find What You Love” at the 2005 Stanford University commencement exercises. Most of Apple’ products initially appealed to iconoclasts or maverick designers.
Be yourself no matter what they say -Sting
- Walk your talk : People stop believing and following leaders who do differently than what they say.
GaGa said in a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine: “When I wake up in the morning, I feel just like any other insecure 24-year-old girl,”, “Then I say, ‘Bitch, you’re Lady Gaga, you get up and walk the walk today’.”GaGa says her number one priority is her fans. And she continues by saying : I don’t even drink water onstage in front of anybody, because I want them to focus on the fantasy of the music.”
GaGa is so influential in today’s pop culture, society and teens that the University of South Carolina developed a course based on her influences. The course, “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame” depicts the unraveling of Lady Gaga’s music, fashion, videos and artistic actions and their sociologically significant dimensions.
Do You Believe Leaders Are Born That Way ?