As a teen in the 70s, I listened to rock, progressive rock, funk, disco, punk and new wave, depending on the year. One band I completely missed was Triumph.In the late 70s and early 80s, they had a few rock hits on Top 40 radio and a solid FM following. They were often compared with another Canadian trio Rush.
Last week, I heard their song, "Fight the Good Fight", one of their biggest hits.
It struck me that the lyrics include many key messages that a leader needs to make when launching a compelling vision for change.
The best visions are 'lived' by leaders who believe in their teams' ability to create a better future. They appeal to the hearts and minds of their colleagues. Winning over hearts ensures personal investment and engagement; winning over minds ensures agreement with the need for change.
Here are the key leadership messages included in Triumph's 'Fight the Good Fight':
- There is a danger we must address
- The signs are clear if you look for them
- We are up for the challenge
- It will be worth our efforts
- I am completely (and personally) committed to our goal
- I am passionate about it too
- Believe in the vision like I do
- I need your help
- I am confident in your abilities
- This is the chance you have been looking for to be your best
- This is your role in our success
- It's your choice to commit
- Give it your best
- It won't be easy
- I am here to help you be successful
- You will know what to do
- Join me
- Let's show them what we can do
Perhaps that's what makes good song lyrics too.