3 Ways Taylor Swift is a Self-Leader

My husband and I took our granddaughters, ages 11 and 13 to The Taylor Swift Eras Tour movie a couple of weeks ago. While I wasn’t an official Swiftie, I was more excited to see her 3½ hour concert in a theatre than our granddaughters! I am a relatively new fan to Taylor, but have been enamored with her amazing talent, business integrity and popularity, and wanted to experience her myself.

Taylor Swift is a Self-Leader because she has:

1. The Compassion to Connect.
Taylor’s first words when she came on stage were, “This is the most extraordinary experience of my life. You are the main characters in this film because you cared so much about these shows“. Her kind words connected us all, the concertgoers, the theatre audience, and her band and dancers in those first moments.

2. The Presence to Engage.
I love live entertainment and noticing not only how engaged the performer is, but how engaged I am. Taylor was completely present during every moment of her performance, treating each one of her 44 songs as brand new with a fresh energy and playful enthusiasm. Her engagement kept my attention for the entire 3-hour movie.

3. The Energy to Perform.
Her physical stamina and endurance for the concert was impressive. She obviously has a rigorous training schedule to stay in such great physical shape. I also know she makes good decisions regarding her nutrition, hydration, and downtime (she journals every day and travels with her cats). In other words, she makes herself a priority with recovery so she can be her best at every show.

Taylor ended with one of my favorite songs, Karma, and the audiences in the stadium and our theatre went wild! Most of us will never perform onstage to thousands for sold-out stadiums across the country, but we can all learn from a rockstar who models Self-Leadership with her practice of compassion, presence, and recovery. Maybe I am a Swiftie after all.


  1. Kim Wolinski on November 1, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    Hu Diane!
    I just the saw TS Concert / movie yesterday. I’ve followed her since her first song hit the airwaves. I’ll toss in a few more Self-Leadership qualities just because I appreciate her so much.

    She also travels with her family, “support” and “team work” with hundreds of employees. In the news has been her “generous” financial support of her staff as well. She is certainly a “disciplined, smart and savvy” leader and business woman for sure.

    Glad you went! Thanks for sharing this.

    Happy Awesome Autumn! ????

    Dr. DeClutter

    • Diane Sieg on November 7, 2023 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you for your valuable additions, Kim!

  2. Kay Rosenthal on November 1, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    LOVE it!

  3. Elizabeth Hicks on November 1, 2023 at 9:45 pm

    Great take on Taylor! She is such a wonderful role model for so many young girls as well as their mom’s!
    I really am astonished at the quality songs she writes regarding real feelings.. quite relatable for so many!!’
    Thanks for sharing this, Diane’!

    • Diane Sieg on November 7, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      Absolutely Liz!

    • Diane Sieg on January 14, 2024 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you so much and Happy New Year Liz!

  4. Elizabeth Hicks on November 1, 2023 at 9:46 pm

    Wonderful article, Diane!

    • Diane Sieg on November 7, 2023 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you Liz! Taylor is a wonderful role model!

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