When Goliath stands up for David


1414516339_taylor-swift-467“We don’t ask you for free iPhones,” pop star, Taylor Swift, wrote to tech giant, Apple, in an open letter titled To Apple, Love Taylor.

“Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

Taylor was expressing her disappointment with Apple’s new music streaming service and the company’s decision not to compensate artists during its three-month trial.

In a beautifully-crafted letter, Swift says she still respects Apple, but does not respect this particular decision. She made her protest on behalf of young and emerging artists who could not afford to go unpaid for three months.

Less than a day after her public criticism, Apple dramatically reversed its decision.
Now Taylor Swift can add to her to many titles and accolades the title of leader. While nothing produces more debate, articles and books than the idea of defining leadership, we know it happens in unexpected places. Like having other people’s backs, this allows your team the courage and confidence to get on with doing good work.

This is when leadership is not about the people you lead. It’s doing what Taylor Swift did: speaking for people who don’t have a voice.

The lyrics of her hit song Both of Us say: “Some day I will be strong enough to lift not one but both of us.” That day has come, Taylor. Your stance is a wonderful example from which we can all learn.

Are you using your voice to help people who don’t have one?

Please comment I love hearing from you.

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8 Comments
  • DavidC
    Reply

    A really good example of someone with influence getting on the front foot and making a difference.

    When its all boiled down the world revolves around one very important and significant word…COMMUNICATION.

    It is in everything we do/say…yet is granted such dismissive importance. We invariably take it from granted. We shouldnt!

    • Yamini Naidu
      Reply

      Thanks David. Isn’t communication the key – so hard to do and do well and yet always sadly grossly underestimated.
      Best wishes
      Yamini

  • Sundar Rajamanickam
    Reply

    Wonderful message / incident to read and know about. I think the line “We don’t ask you for free iPhones” has made all the required impact.

    • Yamini Naidu
      Reply

      Thanks Sundar and the comparison to show what this feels like totally works and did the trick.
      Best wishes
      Yamini

  • dinesh dsa
    Reply

    Great story Yamini and I don’t believe I do enough to speak up for others; it takes a lot of courage to be forthright and expressive of beliefs and values, but great leaders continuously communicate their sentiments in a positive manner and I suppose the challenge is to make an impact without being disparaging.

    • Yamini Naidu
      Reply

      Thanks Dinesh and so true it does take courage and I too have often been challenged by this.
      Regards
      Yamini

  • Reply

    A wonderful heartfelt definition of Leadership,thank you for sharing the story

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