Bruce Springsteen demonstrates everything, I mean EVERYTHING, you need to know about leadership in just under 9 minutes during a 2013 concert in Germany.
Almost everyone knows Bruce Springsteen is “The Boss,” a nickname acquired in the early stages of his career for serving as paymaster for his band after gigs. He may not have liked the moniker at the beginning, but he certainly owns it today. Heck, even Prince admired Springsteen’s band leadership.
Leadership Lessons from Bruce Springsteen
An audience member in Leipzig, Germany, challenged Springsteen to play “Never Can Tell,” a song his band had never played together. After consultation with lead guitarist Steven Van Zandt, experimentation with a few different keys, and eventually switching guitars, The Boss was ready to teach the song to the band. As he coached the E-Street Horns, he invited the audience to take part, until everyone was singing along. When he was confident the band was ready, he launched into the song, asking members of his band to show off their command of the melody one by one. It is a toe-tapping display of brilliant leadership in just under 9 minutes.
Let’s recap the 8 brilliant leadership lessons in this 9-minute Bruce Springsteen music video:
- Say Yes to Challenges
- Experiment and Collaborate
- Use the Best Tools and People
- Coach Your Team and Cheer Them On
- Get Everyone Involved
- Launch at the Right Time
- Trust Your Team and Let Them Shine
- Have Fun
C’est la vie!