“No one is not greater than his master” – Jesus
Keep a lid on it.
A few years ago I read a great book by John Maxwell called The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. I love to read and have tons of books in my library – which consists of a bookshelf from Walmart. Some books I keep and others I donate to the local library – these days I mostly buy digital books for my Kindle.
There were a lot of great pointers about leadership, which I have used in bands and other endeavors where I found myself in some form of leadership position.
One of the greatest revelations I got from this book was from Chapter One: The Law of the Lid. This chapter alone was worth the purchase of the book. It answered a lot of questions I had had for years about people’s inability to move forward in their careers or life.
If this is the one area that determines how high you will rise, then understand that music is only a small part of your success.
The premise of the law of the lid is that your leadership skills determine your success in your career. The lower your ability to lead, the lower your chances of success.
I can hear you right now saying, “what about big name stars”, their talent is what has caused them to succeed. If that was the only thing causing them to succeed, there would be millions of stars – but we know there aren’t.
Many stars are discovered first of all because they are the cream of the crop. They probably have developed leadership skills on some level and are disciplined in other areas as well. Musicians that have poor leadership skills will always be at the mercy of those who know how to lead.
Cream Floats to the top
Maxwell states that if your leadership skills are an 8, than you can never rise higher than a 7 or if your skills are at a 4 you will be at a 3.
So how does this translate for you as a female musician and your music career?
This is how: don’t turn down opportunities to develop your leadership skills. If this is the one area that determines how high you will rise, then understand that music is only a small part of your success.
Your talent may get you in the door, but it’s the intangible qualities that cause you to rise above others.
By Vivian Clement
“I am woman, I can do anything” – Helen Reddy