This music stanza comes from the iconic song “Purple Rain” – which was first released by Prince, back on June 25, 1984.

It serves as an example of the saying – “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

“You say you want a leader, but you can’t seem to make up your mind.”

The direction of this statement has always been true. To follow another’s lead, the follower has to make up their mind and make a “choice” whether to follow the leader’s direction or not.

In the employee development world, we teach the principles of effective “followership”, utilizing this team building methodology as a productive way to impact overall work group performance.

“I think you better close it, and let me guide you.”

This second sentence reflects a part of our culture that has changed for the better.

As leaders, we should never ask or can we expect people to close their minds and just “let the leader” guide.

Effective followership requires a level of trust, loyalty and commitment.

It also requires critical thinking with focused decision-making-ability, networking/connection skills, self-management, and team spirit.

Closed mindedness has never helped the leader or the follower.

Yes, a lot has changed in the 32 years since I first heard this song.

A lot remains the same.

RIP, Prince.

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