Recap on the Beyonce Buzz…
As most of us know, Beyonce’ was bashed for having lip-synced the National Anthem during the Presidential Inauguration late last month. I personally do not see why such a big deal was made of this (given all of the other, more important, issues in the world), but I can understand why some would be disappointed, and feel as though her delivery of the song was ‘inauthentic’.
Then, just last night at the Super Bowl, she gave what critics are calling a “Bounce Back” performance.
Here’s why I think this is significantly relevant to Authentic Leadership…
Lesson #1 – Trust your gut
Very few of us know Beyonce’ personally, or know what it is like to perform in front of the entire world; but we know how to judge celebrities (and each other) like nobody’s business. At first, it was difficult to know what caused her to lip-sync, until she came clean and told us:
I practice until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra, she said. Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I’m very proud of my performance.
What this tells me about Beyonce’ is that she valued the quality of the performance above all else. What this also tells me, is that she trusted her gut and made a difficult choice with the best of intentions. That is not easy, when so much is at stake.
Lesson to us all: Regardless of what other people try to tell you, no matter what the risk, trust yourself.
Lesson #2 – Don’t let the critics get you down
Haters are EVERYWHERE! Chances are, if an insecure person cannot do something or be something that someone else can, they will try to find something wrong with them in order to feel better about themselves. Or, in extreme cases, they will just make up lies to slander. This is the sad truth about jealousy.
After several days of ridicule and critical attacks in the media, Beyonce’ was forced to hold a press conference to address the issue. And, when asked about her upcoming performance at the Super Bowl, with the poise and confidence of a strong leader, she declared:
I will absolutely be singing live.
She didn’t get defensive. She simply reassured her audience that they could expect a true live performance, this time. While there was the expectation that she would sing live at the Inauguration, there had been no official public promise. If she had attempted to sing without a proper sound-check, and sang poorly, she would have been judged for that as well.
The lesson to us all: When people try to criticize you for something you’ve done, and you know you made the right choice, take it with a grain of salt, and OWN who you are.
Lesson #3 – Knock it out of the park!
For anyone that has the nerve to say that Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance was less than spectacular, let me break it down for you…
First of all: the heels. Tell me that you would be able to walk 4 feet in those things without falling, and I’ll give you a fist-pump. She didn’t just walk, she danced her ass off in them! Then add in the darkness, the fire, and the fact that she was keeping up with a very fast-paced routine, while still being able to have the breath left to sing, and not choke on her hair. This is something a majority of us couldn’t do in our wildest dreams, or we’re too afraid to dream that wildly…
Her performance, and all that went into making is virtually flawless, in my opinion, is synonymous to her giving her critics the proverbial middle finger. Yet, in a much more subtle and classy way!
The lesson to us all: When people try to minimize your worth, or attack you for something. The best way to recover from the experience is to SHINE even brighter the next time!
- Posted by kathleenogrady
- On February 4, 2013
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