If we know anything about Beyoncé it’s that she’s larger than life: a world-class entertainer with an impeccable work ethic. Pegged as the modern day “Queen of Pop”, Beyoncé juggles an impressive wheelhouse with credits that include musician, actress, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and more. What’s the million dollar question? Yep, you guessed it. How in the world does she do it? Her talent clearly speaks for itself. However, it takes more than talent to become an internationally-acclaimed powerhouse. Surely, there are several key factors that have helped Beyoncé to become wildly successful. By taking a page (or 2!) from her advanced playbook, you can “upgrade” your work ethic and take achievement to the next level, regardless of your profession.
Upgrade your work ethic with these 3 flawless leadership lessons from Beyoncé:
1. Bey Fearless. Throughout her multi-faceted career, Beyoncé has consistently proven that being fearless is the key that unlocks the doors to success. For example, her decision to pursue acting was initially met with widespread criticism by those who believed that she lacked sufficient talent to appear on the silver screen. Do you think that stopped her? Hardly. Over 12 films and several million dollars later, Beyoncé has shown that stepping outside of your comfort zone is an absolute #PowerMove. Eventually, her fearlessness segued to opportunities in fashion, cosmetics, and big business. Earning a whopping $115 million by mid 2014 according to Forbes, fear is hardly an obstacle for Beyoncé. Don’t let fear stop you from making #PowerMoves. Bey #Fearlesss.
2. Bey Competent. Why is Beyoncé so flawless? She has an insatiable appetite for competence. She won’t accept mediocrity from herself or anyone else. Her work ethic is exceptional. She describes it in an interview with MTV: ”I am a workaholic and I don’t believe in no. I don’t believe in I need to sleep. If I’m not sleeping nobody’s sleeping. I’m one human being. It’s a lot. If I want to be a businesswoman, I’m a businesswoman. Independence is not easy.” Don’t settle for being average. Demand more of yourself and let your results speak for themselves. Obviously, competence raises the stakes on achievement. Why? It’s a challenging, yet indispensable component of making #PowerMoves. Bey #Competent
3. Bey Resilient. No matter what challenges Beyoncé has faced, she’s proven that being resilient will help you to move forward in spite of pain, embarrassment, or failure. She is nimble, dexterous, and facilitates change like a champ. Her decision to fire her father and become her own manager was hard wrought. However, Beyoncé believed that is was fundamental to her overall success. It represented spunkiness, evolution, and advancement. It was a #PowerMove for all #PowerMoves. Don’t get discouraged when things don’t go as planned. Allow yourself to evolve as your circumstances do. Embrace change, bounce back, and give yourself the freedom to leverage the opportunities that it represents. Bey #Resilient
Beyoncé easily demonstrates that although success is not an easy road, it is entirely possible when you have an impeccable work ethic and harness 3 key #PowerMoves for success.
To your flawless leadership!
Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq. is the founder and CEO of WordSmithRapport, an international consulting firm specializing in professional development. Follow her on Twitter: @wsrapport or visit her website, WordSmithRapport.com.