What the Beatles can teach us about great leadership.

December 5, 2006

Beatles2 I was just thinking of the first album I ever owned: Meet the Beatles. I still own it – the album – you know – vinyl disk, scratches and all. The Beatles wrote many classic songs, and as I thought about them, I realized they can teach us a lot about the qualities of great leaders. Here are my Top 10. You can probably think of others.

With a Little Help From My Friends.

Great leaders know the value of collaboration.

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

Great leaders ask, “What do you need? How can I help?”


Great leaders don’t live in the past; they know the past is not the prologue to the future.

Here Comes the Sun

Great leaders always have a positive attitude.


Great leaders don’t fear risk and innovation.

A Hard Day’s Night

Sometimes you gotta work into the night to accomplish the things you desire.

Don’t Let Me Down

Great leaders under-promise and over-deliver.

Here, There and Everywhere

Great leaders know the value of maintaining relationships. Period. They will always stay connected to those they care about – here, there, and everywhere.

I’ve Just Seen a Face

As part of understanding the value of relationships, leaders remember you. Great leaders never forget a face or a name.

All You Need is Love

Enough said.

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