Leadership Lessons From Lady Gaga

Published October 29, 2010
Last modified October 29, 2010

Lady Gaga costume If one of your employees dresses up like Lady Gaga today, one of this year's most popular costumes, take a hard, close look at he or she (without creeping them out). According to Kevin Eikenberry, who authors the blog Leadership & Learning, there are several leadership lessons to be gleaned from the superstar who is never afraid to wear a metal bodice or a mesh face mask.

For instance:

  • She is highly creative.
  • She doesn’t seem to care too much about criticism – she follows her plan.
  • She seems to be driven by her goals.
  • She is highly successful in her chosen field.
  • She a very successful marketer.
  • (feel free to add to this list)

Here are his tips for finding leadership lessons in any costume you come across today.

  1. Notice a Halloween costume (whether what you are wearing or someone else)
  2. Think about the attributes of that character.
  3. Translate the attributes to leadership lessons – ask yourself what leadership lesson can be gleaned from that character?
  4. Spend time thinking about that – stretching your mind if it seems difficult.
  5. Determine how you can apply that lesson for yourself.
  6. If you are doing this more formally, write your thoughts and lessons in your learning journal
  7. Repeat for as many costumes/characters as you’d like!