Be like Bey
<h2<Sinead O'Connor Cites Beyonce As Her Source Of Inspiration For Confidence
During a recent interview with NPR, music legend Sinead O’Connor admitted that she wasn’t as confident as she should have been in business settings until she received the good word from Lord and Savior Beysus Christ.
You called the album I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss — that’s borrowing from Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook executive who wrote the book Lean In. What made you interested in her and the “Ban Bossy” campaign?
I’ll tell you what it was with me. Traditionally in the music industry, for male and female artists, it’s as if we’re working for the people who are actually working for us. From the time you sign as a teenager, it’s not encouraged that you act like a boss or that you expect to be treated like one. And if you’re female and you don’t want to go along with everyone’s agenda, you get treated like you’re being difficult.
I had never heard of Sheryl Sandberg before when the campaign started. I saw this great picture of Beyoncé with this great saying behind her: “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.” And I know the campaign was directed at young girls, but it actually caused me, as a female boss, to take my power. I was able, for the first time in my life, to make executive, proper decisions and have around me the kind of people who actually will treat me like I am the boss.
Often in the music business, you’ll call your accountant and say, “I want to see such and such documents.” And you’ll be told you don’t need to see them, or that you shouldn’t have Internet banking because you might press the wrong button and spend all your money. We’re kind of conditioned to feel like we’re being really mean if we stand up for ourselves; we’re all supposed to be old maids and everything. So, the campaign really gave me the ability to take my power as a female boss, in an industry where no artist is encouraged to be their own boss.
Power to the Bey-ople
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