I Might Be A Belieber
Purpose. Beliebers. Leadership
Trill or Not Trill?

I was not a fan of Justin Bieber. His music was not meant for me. He felt a bit corny  and spoiled to me. I thought he was appropriating black culture and  a brat. One thing I will say is, that he was talented. Talent alone,wasn’t going to get me on board.Setting his behavior aside, this latest album was pretty good. The title Purpose lends one to believing that he might be seeking growth. I listened and can’t front, I really liked it. Looking at some of the song titles, brought me to, where else but leadership. Some of my favorite tracks on the album are certainly leadership lessons.

What do you Mean
“First you wanna go to the left the. You want to go right”
A key aspect of leadership is honesty and direction. Going back and forth when it’s time to make a decision will only lead you astray. It’s better to be wrong then indecisive. If you’re wrong, there’s always going to be a way to fix the problem. When the sentiment of being wishy washy is your choice, everyone is in limbo. Nothing gets accomplished. Trust your instincts, your team, and training. Make a decision and live with the consequences or the spoils.

“You know I try but I don’t do too well with apologies”
Nobody loves to incorrect and mistakes aren’t often celebrated. Understand that you won’t always be right and that’s more than ok. Apologizing is a sign of humility. Your ego takes a back seat when you can admit being wrong. That’s a space that will bring the team together and increase solidarity. Apologizing is also a part of being a courageous leader. It’s says that you’re putting the right choice over your ego and comfort. Such openness in exposing your flaws let’s the team know that they can also be transparent about potential mishaps. No need to hide from being wrong or from an apology.

Love Yourself
“You should go and love yourself”
Haters, detractors or whatever they should be called will always be around. In addition not everyone is going to love or support you or your decisions. Before being effective at leading others, one must understand how to lead themselves. That’s takes an ability to love yourself. You have to trust and believe in yourself to reach the greatest heights of success. If you can’t do that, nobody else will be able to do so.

No pressure
“Calm down, don’t rush, no pressure”
Leadership isn’t easy but with the right mindset and training it’s not as difficult as one may think. Don’t put all the pressure on your back. You might be good, but you aren’t perfect. Much of the pressure that comes with leadership can be alleviated by working with others. Build a support squad to help with any burden. People want you to win, so don’t feel as if you have to get right every single time out. Setting goals and sticking to them will also help in handling those tough situations. Having a clear laid out plan will push you through many a pressure packed situation. Pressure is going to happen, somehow and some way, but it’s all about how you handle it. Don’t be overwhelmed. You got this!

Where are you now?
Help me when I am down
Lift me up off the ground
Teach me right from wrong
Help me to stay strong

If people are consistently asking about your whereabouts there’s an issue. When it comes to leadership, accountability is a huge. People are looking to you to take them to the next level. Can you step up? Be present as much as possible. Even when you’re not in the room your presence should be felt. Leave your mark and be there for the team, club or coworkers. That doesn’t mean over exert yourself. It means build a team and culture of excellence that can survive when you’re not around.
The next time someone asks “where are you now?” the response should “putting in that work!”

I’m not fully signing on quite yet, but maybe we might be on something with this concept of Beliebership.


jeff trill

Stay trill, folks.

MrJeffDess is a writer, professor, public speaker and emcee of Haitian descent. He is an author of 4 books of poetry, including his latest, Deconstructing Ratchet. With over ten years of performing and student affairs experience under his belt MrJeffDess continues to strive towards helping students reach their highest potential. For booking information, contact MrJeffDess at mrjeffdess@gmail.com